BANGKOK, March 21 (Bernama) -- Thailand reported its biggest spike in COVID-19 infections today with 89 new cases, taking its tally to 411.
Public Health Ministry spokesman Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin said 51 of the new cases were linked to earlier infections, including 32 who attended Muay Thai matches at three stadiums; 11 who had close contact with confirmed patients; six who attended a mass religious gathering at a mosque in Malaysia; and two who visited entertainment outlets.
“The other 38 new cases included 12 who returned from abroad, six who had close contact with foreigners and 20 who are under investigation for the source of infection.
“As of today, a total of 104 cases are linked to the Muay Thai stadiums cluster,” he told a COVID-19 daily briefing here, adding that Thailand has one fatality so far.
He said 44 patients have been discharged while 366 remain hospitalised, seven of whom are in critical condition.
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Thaweesilp urged the public to temporarily suspend all social activities and practise social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Thailand Dr Daniel Kertesz commended the kingdom’s aggressive public health response in identifying, isolating, treating and tracing COVID-19 cases.
He said WHO was concerned over the sharp increase of cases in the kingdom over the last five days.
“As the virus becomes more widespread in the community, it will be more difficult to trace the original cases and to follow all the contacts.
“Therefore, social distancing is important in controlling the pandemic and the government must continue to enhance its prudent measures,” he said.
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