Thailand reports 7 new coronavirus cases - health ministry

Reuters

Posted at Feb 08 2020 04:24 PM

People wearing protective face masks are seen as they ride on a public train in Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 5, 2020. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

BANGKOK - Thailand's public health ministry reported 7 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, including 3 Thais and 4 Chinese.

The new cases brought the total reported in the country to 32, among the world's highest number of infections outside of China.

"The 7 new cases are all in hospital," said Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department.

One of the Thai cases was part of the group of 138 evacuated from China's coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan on Tuesday, Suwannachai told reporters.

The other 2 Thais had exposure to tourists, he said.

Among the 4 Chinese, 3 are members of the families of previously reported cases, while the other is a tourist from a "risky area" in China, said Suwannachai.

Among the 32 cases Thailand has reported so far, 23 are Chinese while 9 are Thais.

As of Saturday, one more patient was allowed to go home, bringing the count of discharges to 10, said Suwannachai.

More than 700 have died while nearly 35,000 have been infected of the acute respiratory disease, which emerged at a public market in Wuhan, China in December.

Twenty-two other patients remain in hospital, he said.