There were six new coronavirus cases announced by the Thai Government’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration today, all of which were located in southern provinces.
Of the six new cases, four were discovered in Phuket and one each in Narathiwat and Yala. There were no new deaths recorded today.
The cases in Phuket has rejuvenated fears of the virus reappearing in other provinces around the country as thousands of people leave the southern island to return to their home provinces.
Covid-19 measures have led to the closure of all tourism-related businesses across Phuket, putting thousands of people of work and forcing them to travel home.
Between 10,000 and 20,000 people have left the island over the past week since the lockdown was lifted on May 3rd.
The new cases have prompted the government to reiterate the need for local officials to ensure arrivals from Phuket self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, a measure that many provinces already had in place.
On Saturday, one of the cases announced was that of a 28-year-old woman who had traveled to Prachinburi from Phuket, showing the risk attached to letting so many people travel from the area with the second-highest number of virus patients.
The two other cases reported today came from active testing and close contact with known infected persons. The Yala case was found in a person who had recently returned from Malaysia.
The Narathiwat case was discovered in a 6-year-old boy who had been in close contact with a known infected person.
The total number of coronavirus cases recorded in Thailand now stands at 3,015 while there have been 2,796 recoveries.
Source: Department of Disease Control