BANGKOK, March 13 (Bernama) -- Thailand has recorded five new COVID-19 cases, all linked to sharing drinks and cigarettes in two clusters, bringing the tally to 75 in the kingdom.
Thai Public Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr Sukhum Kanchanapimai said two of the new cases were linked to a group of friends who shared drinks and cigarettes on two occasions in late February.
He said 11 new cases were reported yesterday and a tourist from Hong Kong has been identified as the source of the new cluster.
To date, he said, 13 out of 15 have been tested positive for COVID-19, the biggest cluster since the outbreak in January..
Sukhum said another three new cases reported were linked to a Thai woman who returned from South Korea but did not undergo home-quarantine.
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He said the 27-year-old woman was tested positive for COVID-19 and identified as patient 57.
“She is identified as the source of these three new cases.
“After returning from South Korea, she went out with friends and family members, including the trio - her younger brother and two friends (a man and a woman). They shared drinks too,” he said at daily COVID-19 briefing here today.
He added that health authorities were closely monitoring eight of her close contacts.
Meanwhile, Sukhum urged party goers to stop sharing drinks and cigarettes to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the kingdom.
“Don’t share drinks and cigarettes... it is inappropriate,” he said.
He urged those returning from high-risk countries to undergo home-quarantine and avoid socialising with friends and family members.
To date, Thailand has recorded 75 COVID-19 cases with one fatality. There are 39 patients still receiving treatment in hospitals while 35 have been discharged.
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