Wed, 15 Jul 2020

BANGKOK, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's new daily COVID-19 infections surged from three to nine on Wednesday, all of them Thais who have returned from abroad and in quarantine.

"For the past few weeks, Thailand only discovered one to three cases of COVID-19. But today (Wednesday) we saw nine new cases, and all of hem returned from overseas," said Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Taweesin said the health officials will take a second round of swab tests from two Thais, who had recently arrived from the United States, on their last day of quarantine, to ensure they were clear of infection before release.

The two Thais had not exhibited any symptoms during their 14-day isolation.

Taweesin also said the Ministry of Public Health's Permanent Secretary Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai suggested that the 14-day quarantine might not be long enough and should be reviewed.

Health authorities will further discuss this issue regarding the quarantine and whether it should extend the period.

The CCSA spokesman said the other seven new COVID-19 cases were Thai returnees from overseas, including a group of six Thai students arriving from Saudi Arabia via Malaysia and a 34-year old Thai man working at a massage parlor in Qatar.

Taweesin urged the Thai people who were still in Malaysia to quickly return before the reopening of schools, otherwise the border with Malaysia may be closed.

Total infections in Thailand now stand at 3,054, with 2,931 recoveries. There were no new deaths reported, and the total deaths remained at 57.

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