The Thai Government warned citizens who want to return to the country from southern border checkpoints with Malaysia to hurry up as they could be temporarily closed following nine new coronavirus cases all coming from state quarantine patients.
The nine covid-19 cases announced in Thailand today is the highest for weeks and brings the total number of virus infections in the country up to 3,054.
All nine cases had recently returned to Thailand either on repatriation flights or via land borders.
Two of the nine had recently returned from the United States on May 12th. The men, aged 18 and 27, were discovered to have the virus yesterday – the final day of their state quarantine. Both were asymptomatic.
A further six of the new cases were all from the same flight that had flown from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia where the passengers then crossed the Padang Besar border checkpoint into Thailand.
Due to the high number of cases coming from the checkpoint, officials from both countries are in discussion to close the border for sanitation.
The covid-19 positive patients were all aged between 23 and 33 with four displaying a high fever and cough and two showing no symptoms.
The final new case was that of a 34-year-old male masseuse who had recently returned to Thailand from Qatar on May 22nd. He had an affected sense of smell along with fever and coughing.
A further two patients have recovered from the virus and been released from hospitals, taking the total number of recoveries up to 2,931.
There were no new deaths announced, keeping the death toll at 57.
Source: Department of Disease Control