THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed today (April 2) that 10 Thai nationals returning from Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and Mozambique have been found to be infected with the South African variant of Covid-19, Sanook.com said.
Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesman, said half of the 10 returnees showed symptoms but the other half did not while there were more males than females in the group. The median age is 47 years with youngest being 23 and the oldest 66.
The Disease Control Department has sent the samples of these 10 Thai returnees to Chulalongkorn Hospital for whole genome sequencing (WGS).
The department has announced that the South African Covid variant has spread to 11 countries with these being South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Ghana. This list is updated every month.
CCSA also announced this morning that there were 58 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours taking the cumulative confirmed total to 28,947.
Of this total 27,606 patients have been cured while 1,247 are still undergoing treatment. There were no additional fatalities with the toll remaining at 94.
Of the new batch of cases. 42 emerged in surveillance and service systems while three were found through proactive search in communities.
Thirteen overseas arrivals were either admitted to hospital or placed in quarantine.
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