Surge in COVID-19 cases in Thailand

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It has been a couple of months since Thailand has implemented necessary precautionary measures against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) since it first hit the country in January. 

Unfortunately after 2 COVID-19 clusters were reported last week, the situation in Thailand continues to heighten, with people going into panic mode.

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Largest amount of cases in a single day

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On 15th March 2020, Bangkok Post reported the biggest jump of COVID-19 infections in the country. 32 more cases were reported, making the total number of infections found in the whole country up to 144. This is the highest number of cases reported in a single day so far.

It’s suspected that 17 out of the 32 cases got infected from nightclubs, boxing stadiums, being in contact with expats, and returning from overseas, said the health ministry’s permanent secretary, Sukhum Kanchanapimai.

People have started to stock up items in panic

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Citizens have begun stocking up important things like drinking water, dry foods, and other necessary items. This situation seems to be more serious after the lastest amount of infections had been disclosed.

Though the announcement of Thailand going into Stage 3 has yet to be announced – meaning the virus spreads rapidly among a high amount of patients at community level people are anticipating this happening soon.

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Canned fish shelves are never this empty
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On 15th March 2020, Thai PM, Prayut Chan-O-Cha, called for everyone to remain calm and mentioned that the government has measures to deal with the coronavirus when it reaches Stage 3, along with a plan to build a hospital to treat COVID-19 patients specifically. 

In the meantime, don’t forget to wash your hands often and take care of your health, everyone!

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