Thailand on Friday reported five new Covid-19 cases, all in quarantine and no new fatalities.
Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said all five are students ages 23-26 who were among 195 Thais arriving on June 12 from Saudi Arabia.
All asymptomatic, they tested positive for Covid-19 four days after landing and are now being treated in the hospital, he said, adding that 15 of the 195 on the flight so far have been infected.
Thailand’s cumulative infections are 3,146, with 3,008 recoveries and 80 others still in the hospital. The death toll remains at 58.
In state quarantine, there have been 63 infections among returnees from Indonesia, 34 from Kuwait, 28 from Saudi Arabia and 15 from the United Arab Emirates. Another 38 from Egypt tested positive, but Dr. Taweesin said second tests on some showed negative.
The tests may have been compromised and new tests will be performed.
Another 400 Thais are due to arrive back from Egypt on Juy 3 and 8, with two more flights next month to bring home another 1,000 Thais.
Thais stranded in Sudan may be out of luck, however. Thailand is not planning any repatriation flights from the troubled African nation. However, Thais assigned to a United Nations task force are in country and include medics who could assist any infected Thais there, he said.