Thailand reported three new cases of Covid-19 Thursday, two of which show that the coronavirus, while suppressed, is still out there ready to spread.
Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the government’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said one of the three cases was a 29-year-old woman already in state quarantine after returning from the Philippines
The other two cases are more worrying, as they were spread through community contact, likely in Bangkok and Issan.
A German expat with a full-time residence in Bangkok but spent April 30-May 16 in Chaiyaphum Province. The 42-year-old said a family relative there had a fever, but didn’t go to the hospital. On May 18, the German went to the doctor in the capital and was found to have the coronavirus.
Authorities are now isolating his Issan family and alerting those who visited a Chaiyaphum shopping mall the German also visited.
Quarantines are now being done for the owner and patrons of a Bangkok barber shop where the third victim, a 72-year-old Thai man, visited last week. He began showing symptoms May 18.
Total confirmed cases in Thailand stand at 3,037 with 84 under treatment, 2,897 recovered and discharged, and 56 deaths. Globally, the number of reported cases passed the 5 million mark on Thursday.