Thailand has passed two weeks without a reported local case of coronavirus; however, two more covid-19 patients were discovered in state quarantine facilities.
The two new cases take the total number of virus cases in Thailand up to 3,121. No further deaths were reported today, keeping the death toll at 58.
One of the new cases was a male student who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia on May 22nd. The 22-year-old initially tested negative for the virus upon arrival into Thailand.
However, his second test on Sunday detected that he had covid-19, and he was sent to Yarang Hospital in Pattani province.
The second new case was a woman who had returned from the Netherlands on June 3rd. The 31-year-old had been staying in a state quarantine facility in Bangkok, and her initial test came back as “unclear.”
The “weak positive” result prompted authorities to send her to Nopparat Hospital in Bangkok, where she was tested again on Monday. Her infection was confirmed.
An assistant spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Dr. Panprapa Yongtrakul, also spoke about how Thailand will classify low-risk countries when borders reopen. She said:
“Regarding epidemiology, a country will be considered as being low risk after being free of local infections for twice the longest possible incubation period of the disease.
As the longest incubation of Covid-19 is 14 days, the country must be free of local infection for 28 days before being defined as low risk.”
One more patient has been discharged from hospital over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries up to 2,973 or 95 percent of all cases. Ninety people are still receiving treatment.
Source: Department of Disease Control