For the first time since the pandemic hit Thailand, there have been no new reported cases of coronavirus in the country. There were also no new deaths reported on Wednesday.
The figures, announced by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, delighted spokesperson, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, who also asked people to remain alert and cautious. He said:
“I am happy, along with everyone who has contributed to disease control. We have been doing better since the reopening of business started on May 3. We can relax, but cannot be reckless. Please keep to the new-normal practices. Finally, we may be among the first countries able to end the hardship brought by this disease.”
Dr. Visanuyothin also stressed that the zero statistics did not arise from a lack of testing, despite Thailand having one of the lowest testing rates in the world.
He said that since the beginning of May, officials have expanded the criteria for testing to include people with mild symptoms. So far, 34,444 people have been tested in May with 0.18 percent of them testing positive for covid-19.
There have also been a further 46 patients released from hospitals since yesterday, taking the number of recoveries up to 2,844. Only 117 people remain in hospitals with the infection.
Source: Department of Disease Control