THE Public Health Ministry said early this morning (May 20) that there were 2,636 new coronavirus cases and 25 fatalities over the past day while Japan announced that it is barring the entry of all foreign travellers who have visited Thailand and six other countries from tomorrow onwards, Amarin TV and Japan Times said.
The additional 25 fatalities raised the overall death toll past the 700 mark to 703.
Of the new batch of cases, 1,965 were among the general public while 671 in prisons and detention centres.
This took the cumulative confirmed total to 119,585 with the cases that appeared in the current wave of infection that started early April adding up to 90,722.
Another 2,268 patients were cured with 76,636 having recovered so far and 49,210 having done so in the ongoing coronavirus wave.
Meanwhile the Japanese government said yesterday (May 19) it will bar the entry of all foreign travellers who have visited Thailand and six other countries in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The measure will be effective from tomorrow (May 21). The six are Cambodia, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, Saint Lucia, East Timor and Mongolia, bringing the number of countries and regions under such restrictions to 159.
Foreign travellers who have been to those areas within 14 days of arrival will not be allowed to enter Japan except under special circumstances. Japanese nationals are not subject to the measure.
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