28 Januari, 2020

Thailand now has 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus

PHOTO: Monitoring and health checks at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport - Reuters
Thailand has confirmed six more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 14, according to Thailand's Ministry of Public Health.

All of those infected are Chinese and five out of the six new cases are members of the same family who had traveled from Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, said Sukhum Kanchanapimai, permanent secretary to the MOPH in a press briefing Thursday.

The sixth person is from China's Chongqing province.

Sukhum advised those in Thailand against all non-essential travels to China. He also requested that Thais report back to authorities if they spot anyone, including Chinese tourists, who recently traveled from China and exhibit symptoms.

All Chinese nationals arriving to Thailand from any city will be screened at the country's airports, Sukhum said.

Thailand is among the most popular global destinations for Chinese tourists. More than ten million Chinese visit Thailand every year, according to official figures.