Thailand on Monday marked nine weeks without a locally transmitted coronavirus case, although four more infections were found among already-quarantined Thai returnees.
Total cases in the country ticked up to 3,295, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said, with three Thais returned from the virus-ravaged United States and one from Taiwan – which claims it has had no local cases since April 12.
The 30-year-old factory worker arrived on July 21 on a China Airlines flight from Taipei and was found infected on Saturday while in state quarantine in Bangkok.
It’s not the first health scare from Thai returnees from Taiwan. Six arrivals from Taipei on July 16 arrived with fevers, although none ended up testing positive for the coronavirus.
The other cases reported Monday were a 44-year-old tourist who arrived on July 20 and tested positive on Saturday while in state quarantine in Chonburi Province, a 25-year-old man and a 21-year-old student who tested positive after arriving on Saturday.
CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the government remains concerned about the raging pandemic outside its borders, especially after three fresh cases were found in Vietnam, which has reported zero cases for months.