THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said today (Dec. 25) that 63 foreigners who came to Thailand during Dec. 14-23 tested positive for Covid-19, TV Channel 7 said.
The majority of the cases were from the US, totalling 13, followed by the UK, 11, and all were either found infected at the Test & Go point or while quarantined. Most were asymptomatic.
Also found to be infected were seven travellers from France, four from Saudi Arabia and one each from Scotland, Pakistan, Switzerland, Israel, Laos, Belgium, South Africa, Norway, Hungary, Denmark, Turkey and Maldives.
Meanwhile 61 more people have been infected by the superspreading couple in Kalasin province with 45 of them doing so at a pub-cum-restaurant located in a market and within its compound from Dec. 12 onwards.
This has increased the cluster linked to this Omicron-infected couple who returned from Belgium on Dec. 10 to 64 with tests still determining whether 45 of them are infected with this variant.
Provincial authorities are rushing to proactively screen those at risk of getting infected. The provincial Communicable Disease Control Committee is holding a meeting to work out additional control steps and it is expected that risky places will be closed.
The pub-cum-restaurant visited by this couple has already been closed as musicians and a number of staff members have got infected with Omicron.
It was also announced by CCSA this morning that there were 2,766 Covid cases and 30 deaths over the past 24 hours with this taking the cumulative confirmed total since April to 2,178,575.
Another 3,805 patients have been cured taking total recoveries since April to 2,121,331 while 37,123 are still undergoing treatment.
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