Domestic COVID-19 cases at a standstill

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Images adapted from: Worldwide Elevation Map Finder

This Tuesday (14th July), 7 new import COVID-19 cases were reported by the government.

The following imported cases were:

  • 6 returnees from Egypt
  • 1 asymptomatic 66-year-old returnee from the United States

Both groups returned on 8-9th July and are currently quarantined after being tested positive over the weekend.

As of 16th July, Thailand’s COVID-19 cases total to 3,236 and the number of deaths remain at 58, according to the Department of Disease Control.

Second COVID-19 wave scare

ImportedRayong red shirtThe Egyptian soldier (the one in red) tested positive on 12 July
Image credit: Thai PBS World

There was a recent second-wave scare in eastern Rayong when CCTV surveillance footage showed a test-positive Egyptian soldier and his group walking around Passione Shopping Destination (formerly Laemgthong mall) for a couple of hours before heading back to their hotel. 

Although the group wore a mask at all times and only roamed around, locals were concerned of a possible spread. The man was reportedly staying with 30 others at the D Varee Diva Central Rayong Hotel, which has closed down for disinfection.

Rayong responded by closing down more than 200 schools throughout the province. The mall was disinfected and people who visited over the weekend were swab-tested.

Surin announced yesterday (15 July) that those coming from Rayong and Bangkok’s Wattana and Khlong Toei areas will need to self-quarantine for 14 days within a day of arriving in the province.

Koh Samet also closed off visitors in response to the incident.

If you’re travelling to other countries at this time, please make sure to follow the rules in place to avoid complications for reopenings. Let’s hope there isn’t another incident like this one any time soon.

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