Thailand reports 35 more Covid-19 cases, total number above 200


Thirty-five new cases of the new coronavirus (Covid-19) were reported on Wednesday (March 18), 29 of those linked to people visiting a boxing stadium and entertainment venues.

Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoen, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said on Wednesday (March 18).

This is the highest number of confirmed cases in one day so far in Thailand, taking the total number of cases above 200 (212 to be exact).

Of the 35 confirmed cases, 29 patients had links to previous cluster cases:13 people hailing from Bangkok, Khon Kaen Samut Prakan, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kalasin, and Roi Et provinces got infected from Lumpinee Boxing Stadium.

Four got infected from entertainment venues in the Thong Lor district of northern Bangkok

Twelve patients had close contacts with previously confirmed cases — most of them co-workers.

Another group consisted of six cases: one had returned from Cambodia, four were working closely with foreigners as a receptionist, waiters, and a residential juristic person. In one case, the source of infection is still being investigated.

Two new patients are in critical condition, bringing the number of critical cases to three. A 49-year-old Thai man in Surat Thani province developed a high fever and flu-like symptoms on March 8. He was later diagnosed with pneumonia and kidney dysfunction. A 67- year-old Belgian man in Phetchaburi was diagnosed with pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. He is on a ventilator.

Source: The Nation

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