10 Arrivals to Thailand Test Positive for the COVID 19
Published: November 22, 2020 at 8:47 am
Health officials have recorded 10 cases coming from 8 countries just this week.
Thailand’s cases continue to rise with the easing of restrictions on air travel. Since July, the country has consistently recorded new COVID-19 cases coming from inbound air travel. On Friday, the authorities reported that 10 new arrivals had tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon landing in Thailand.
Spokespersons from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration reported that the 10 cases came from varying countries. These nations are the Netherlands, the United States, Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and India.
Arrivals from Germany had 1 case of COVID-19, specifically a Dutch businessman who had arrived in Bangkok on November 6. The Dutch man had spent quarantine in Bangkok and was on his 12th day of quarantine when tests showed him positive for COVID-19.
The Dutch man is asymptomatic and will undergo treatment.
A 43-year-old Thai masseuse who flew in from the Czech Republic and a Belgian engineer who came from the same flight also tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Both arrived on November 14, and is part of a group with one previously reported case.
Wednesday also saw the confirmation of a 56-year-old Swiss engineer’s positive result. The man had arrived in Thailand on October 13 from his home country, Switzerland.
All three were asymptomatic.
A 15-year old female Indian student arriving on the same flight as the Czech masseuse and Belgian engineer also tested positive on Monday, November 16.
Two Thai women who arrived on a separate flight on November 14 were tested and found positive on Tuesday and Wednesday. One of them, a 52-year-old housewife is symptomatic with muscle pain, phlegm and sore throat.
The other case, a 22-year old student, is asymptomatic.
The last two cases were Thai returnees from the United States, which currently has the highest number of infections globally.
One patient arrived on November 14, and tested positive on Wednesday, November 19. The other patient arrived on Wednesday and tested positive the next day, November 20.
As of Friday, Thailand’s total number of cases is at 3,902. The countries has 3,756 recoveries so far, with a rate of 96.3%. 86 cases currently undergo treatment, while the death toll is at 60 as of Friday, the CCSA stated.
Globally, COVID-19 cases are at 57.9 million, with deaths at 1.37 million. The last 24 hours saw a surge of infections, with 659,511 cases added to the tally in the previous 24 hours.
The United States, India and Brazil are on top of the list for the most number of COVID-19 cases. The US currently has 12 million active COVID-19 cases, with India and Brazil having 9.05 million and 6.02 million, respectively.
Two US-based firms have announced promising results for their respective experimental vaccines in the past two weeks. Pfizer announced earlier that it has observed a 90% effectiveness in its initial human trials, while Moderna claims a 95% effectiveness rate.
Both companies are vying for emergency use approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. If approved, one or both of these vaccines will be available for production and distribution to interested countries.