THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced at 11 a.m. today (Dec. 11) that there are 11 new cases over the past 24 hours with all of them having arrived from overseas and all placed in state quarantine, Sanook.com reported.
Three of the 11 arrivals were from Myanmar’s Tachileik town bordering Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province. All three, two women 28 and 29 years old respectively, and a 33-year-old man, worked at the same entertainment venue in Tachileik.
Of the remaining foreign arrivals two each were from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and one each from Sweden, the US, Portugal and South Korea.
This raises the total number of cases to 4,180, with 3,903 having recovered, while 217 remain under treatment and no additional deaths with the toll remaining at 60.
Meanwhile Chiang Rai Governor Prachon Pratsakul together with Dr. Tosthep Boonthong, director of Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, and Mr. Anurat Inthara, chairman of the Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce, said at a press conference that the addition of three new cases takes the total in this province to 37.
He added that this is not unexpected as Chiang Rai is a vulnerable border province. Even so, three medical vehicles and local hospitals have now tested 5,000 people and none tested positive.
He has been informed that around 50 more Thais in Tachileik will be crossing over but that they have not already passed through to Thailand even after notifying their intent to do so is due to legal procedures in Myanmar.
He also debunked fake news, some of it in video clip form, that as many as 600 people in Chiang Rai have been infected with police gathering evidence to prosecute the rumour mongers.
Dr Thosthep said most of the people coming across from the neighbouring country are not natives of Chiang Rai which is good news for this province.
He added that as of yesterday there were 150 people in the local state quarantine and approximately 170 more are expected to join them.
Top: Medical staff taking care of a coronavirus patient. Thai headline says, “Eleven more sick but no local infection.” Photo: Sanook.com