WORLD Thailand’s COVID-19 cases rise to 2,672 with 29 new infections

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Thailand’s COVID-19 cases rise to 2,672 with 29 new infections

By Sun Guangyong | People's Daily app

13:20, April 16, 2020

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Bangkok (People's Daily) - Thailand on Thursday confirmed 29 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the total to 2,672 since the virus first arrived in the kingdom in January.

More than 1,000 patients remain hospitalized, 1,593 have recovered and returned home, and 46 others died from complications related to the disease, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health.

Thailand has enforced a national curfew from 10 pm to 4 am starting April 3. All nationals except medics, emergency workers and personnel delivering medical supplies and patients, are urged to stay at home. 

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Photo: Sun Guangyong/People's Daily

The Thai government has restricted traffic and activities to control the pandemic, and banned people from entering the country until April 30 and only allowed the entry of authorized citizens, who are subject to a 14-day quarantine after arrival. 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the curfew is to better curb the spread of the pandemic due to the rising number of infections.

The pace of new infections has decreased to about 50 a day from 100 before the curfew was put in place.

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