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Thailand finds fourth China coronavirus infection

 

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Tourist line-up in a health control at the arrival section at Suvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Januaruy 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has quarantined a fourth patient with the new coronavirus including one Thai national, authorities said on Wednesday, days before the Lunar New Year holiday when thousands of Chinese tourists are expected to arrive.

 

Nine people have died from the flu-like coronavirus in China, with 440 confirmed cases, most in the central city of Wuhan where the virus first appeared late last year.

 

The Thai patient, a 73-year-old woman, had traveled to Wuhan during the New Year holidays and developed a fever after returning, the Public Health Ministry said.

 

She was being monitored in a separate ward in a hospital in Nakhon Pathom, 60 km (37 miles) west of Bangkok, where her condition was gradually improving, it added.

 

"We can control the situation. There have not been cases of human-to-human transmission in Thailand because we detected the patients as soon as they arrived," Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters.

 

Two other Chinese patients had recovered and been sent home while a third would return once tests showed he was clear of the virus, Anutin said.

 

Thai officials were stepping up screening at airports to look for passengers with high body temperatures, coughs, headaches and trouble breathing, police said.

 

The virus has spread to other cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

 

(Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Stephen Coates)

 

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Two patients carrying coronavirus still in quarantine: Anutin

By THE NATION

 

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Anutin (second from left)

 

Three Chinese and one Thai were diagnosed with carrying the new coronavirus and quarantined, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday (January 22).

 

The coronavirus, whose outbreak began in Wuhan, China earlier this month, causes pneumonia.

 

“Three of these patients were Chinese, while one is a Thai national who had travelled back from Wuhan,” he said. “Two of the Chinese patients have already recovered and returned to China, while the Thai patient is receiving treatment at Nakhon Pathom hospital.”

 

Anutin added that there was no human-to-human transmission of the virus in the quarantined patients.

 

“The condition of the Thai patient is improving gradually. Once they fully recover, the ministry will compare the hospital’s test results with results from other medical institutes. If the result turns out negative, then they will be discharged,” said Anutin.

 

“The Ministry of Public Health is strictly following World Health Organisation [WHO] guidelines in disease control to ensure the safety of Thai people,” Anutin said.

 

“We have regularly updated and discussed the situation with WHO executives, who have complimented Thailand for its efforts in providing information regarding the disease to the people, which has enabled precautionary measures and reduced the level of public panic caused by lack of understanding,” the minister added.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30380909

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-01-22

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40 minutes ago, zydeco said:

Laughable.

It's not even funny. I want to cry

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1 hour ago, Topdoc said:

What is going to happen when hordes of Chinese people descend on Thailand for their Golden Week holidays? Will you be able to detect the patients as soon as they arrive??

There are loads coming in every day of the year.

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1 hour ago, Topdoc said:

What is going to happen when hordes of Chinese people descend on Thailand for their Golden Week holidays? Will you be able to detect the patients as soon as they arrive??

There has been no human to human transmission of the virus, so the English guy in Hospital Phuket got it from a monkey.

Oh that's right he does not have it, oh yes he does say conflicting news reports.

If he does not have it then maybe he was poisoned by bed bug spray like the poor soles in Chiang Mai a few years ago.

Brace yourselves there may well be an epidemic well underway.

Stock up on vitamin C.

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