Coronavirus outbreak: Thailand reports 11 new cases taking total to 70; Hong Kong tourist source of infection, say health officials

All of the new patients had socialised and shared drinks, health officials said, adding that a tourist from Hong Kong had been the source of the infection

Reuters March 12, 2020 11:11:00 IST
Coronavirus outbreak: Thailand reports 11 new cases taking total to 70; Hong Kong tourist source of infection, say health officials
  • Thailand reported 11 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the southeast Asian country to 70

  • All of the new patients had socialised and shared drinks, health officials said, adding that a tourist from Hong Kong had been the source of the infection

  • It was the biggest jump in cases for weeks in Thailand, which was one of the first countries outside China to report infections of the new COVID-19 virus

Bangkok: Thailand reported 11 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the southeast Asian country to 70, health officials said.

Coronavirus outbreak Thailand reports 11 new cases taking total to 70 Hong Kong tourist source of infection say health officials

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All of the new patients had socialised and shared drinks, health officials said, adding that a tourist from Hong Kong had been the source of the infection.

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“The Hong Kong tourist came alone and already went back. The 11 infected are all Thai,” said Sopon Iamsirithawon, director-general of the Communicable Diseases Department.

It was the biggest jump in cases for weeks in Thailand, which was one of the first countries outside China to report infections of the new COVID-19 virus that has since swept much of the world.

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