Local authorities have confirmed that there are 40 new coronavirus cases in the southern province of Yala after secondary testing took place to confirm the initial results.
The official covid-19 figures released by the Thai Government yesterday failed to include the 40 cases discovered in Yala as they wanted to “double-check” the test results first.
The new cases were discovered following more aggressive testing of at-risk groups in the province, including those who had recently returned from neighboring countries.
People included in the testing were pilgrims returning from religious-related activities in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Pakistan, people who had been working in Malaysia, attendees of religious activities in the province, and people who had returned from other provinces.
The discovery of such a high number of cases indicates that a greater testing rate within Thailand may reveal the coronavirus figures are much higher than what is being officially reported.
This could be due to people who have the infection but are showing little or no symptoms not going to the hospital for testing and therefore slipping under the radar when counting official totals.
Thailand has one of the lowest testing rates for covid-19 in the world.
The 40 virus cases in Yala are expected to be announced in today’s coronavirus figures when confirmed by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
Source: Bangkok Post | Photo: Reuters