Thailand reports two new coronavirus cases bringing total to 37

Thailand reports two new coronavirus cases bringing total to 37
# 25 February 2020 18:17 (UTC +04:00)

Thailand confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, taking its total number of infections to 37, health officials said, APA reports citing Reuters.

The two new cases, both Thai nationals, were people who were being monitored because they had been in contact with someone who had traveled to a risky country, said Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Disease Control.

“We are gradually investigating related individuals and quarantining anyone found with a fever,” he said.

One of the newly confirmed cases was a 31-year-old woman with a family member who had traveled from China, another senior health official said, adding that health workers were monitoring the rest of the family.

The second new case was a 29-year-old man who worked as a driver for Chinese tourists.

The coronavirus is believed to have emerged in a wildlife market in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has infected more than 80,000 people in China, killing 2,663 of them.

Outside mainland China, the outbreak has spread to about 29 countries and territories, with a death toll of about three dozen, according to a Reuters tally.

Thailand was the first country outside China to confirm a case of the new coronavirus, doing so on Jan. 13.