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Thailand and Bangkok ‘most at risk’ from coronavirus, scientists warn

 

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Chinese tourists wearing protective masks are pictured at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport in Thailand, January 25, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

Bangkok is the city outside of China most at risk from the coronavirus, scientists in the UK have warned.

 

According to a report by the WorldPop team at the University of Southampton, Bangkok faces the biggest threat from coronavirus due to the sheer number of travellers from China, and in particular the number of travellers who originate from Wuhan and neighbouring provinces. 

 

Hong Kong (China) was second on the list, followed by Taipei (Taiwan, the Republic of China). Sydney (12), New York (16) and London (19) are among 30 other major international cities ranked in the research.

 

The report found that Thailand was also the country most at risk from the spread of the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

 

The most 'at-risk' countries or regions worldwide are Thailand (1), Japan (2) and Hong Kong (3). USA is placed 6th on the list, Australia 10th and the UK 17th, the report said. 

 

Within mainland China, the cities of Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Chongqing are all identified as high-risk by the researchers, along with the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Zhejiang, Sichuan and Henan.

 

The report echoes a similar warning by travel market research firm m1nd-set which has predicted the coronavirus outbreak will affect Thailand the most as a destination by “quite a long margin”.

 

Figures compiled by m1nd-set revealed that Thailand accounts for 33% of the circa 1.4 million outbound flights from Wuhan, with both Survanabhumbi and Don Mueang accounting for 21% of international traffic from Wuhan, which combined is more than double any other destination outside of China. 

 

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The news comes after Thailand on Tuesday confirmed its 14 cases of coronavirus infection - the highest number outside of China.

 

Also on Tuesday, Thailand’s public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul told Sky News that he expects the number of infections in the country to rise.

 

He also said that while the situation is currently under control, Thailand is not able to stop the spread of new coronavirus.

 

“We are not able to stop the spread,” he said.

 

"Our target is we will be able to detect all carriers entering Thailand and we will apply necessary measures as the situation develops.

 

"Of course we expect more people to get sick but we are able to identify all of them."

 

 
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41 minutes ago, Flugg said:

Putting the whole nation at risk so the top 1 ‰ can get richer.

Nothing new. Happens every year during burning season 😅

 

Disgusting.

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Why did "We all live on a Yellow Submarine" jump into my brain....simply because they don't have a rocket to fly to the moon where there is a secret Thai lunar base for Prayut and the gang to run down Thailand.....sorry,  I  meant govern Thailand.   Of course the time is different up there and there would be lots of lunar ticks.    

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