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Thailand Sees 2 Covid-19 Cases as Health Expert Dismisses Threat of New Swine Flu

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Thailand reported two new cases of Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, both Thai returnees from Kuwait who tested positive for the coronavirus in state quarantine.

Thailand has now gone 37 consecutive days without local transmission.

Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the new cases were Thai workers aged 47 and 48 years old.

Total cases were recorded at 3,173 with 3,059 recoveries and 58 deaths.

Even as the coronavirus appears under control in Thailand, a new viral threat may be looming in China – swine flu – that the Health Ministry today dismissed.

Communicable disease director Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn said the disease – which is spreading between pigs in China but has not yet jumped to humans – needed to be closely monitored. However, people should not be worried because Thailand was already watching out for influenza and people were generally wearing face masks. As a result, the number of people having a cold was declining, Sophon said.

However, the top disease expert in the United States said on Tuesday that the new virus – which has features of both 2011’s swine flu and the 1919 Spanish flu – has the potential to cause the next pandemic should it mutate enough to jump to humans.

Sophon, though, suggested that people should not panic or reduce their consumption of pork or poultry.

Normally when there was one epidemic like Covid-19, other diseases might occur, but would not be severe, Sophon said. He believed the Chinese government had enough experiences to control diseases after Covid-19.