Thailand confirms six new coronavirus cases

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BANGKOK – Thailand has confirmed six more cases of 2019 novel coronavirus infection, pushing the tally to 14, according to a health official.

Thai Ministry of Public Health permanent secretary Dr Sukhum Kanchanapimai said six people from China – aged six to 60 years – have been diagnosed with the virus.

Five of them are from China’s Hubei province and the sixth is from Chongqing city.

“All six patients are receiving treatment at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi. Their condition is improving,” he told a daily media briefing on the coronavirus situation in Thailand, at the ministry here today.

Of the 14 confirmed cases, five patients have been discharged from the hospital.

Meanwhile, Dr Sukhum said Thailand will screen all tourist arrivals from China at all airports in the kingdom to check the spread of the new coronavirus.

The screening of passengers has, thus far, been conducted at five airports – Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi.

At present, he said 81 patients have been quarantined in hospitals on suspicion of having contracted coronavirus.

It was reported that the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 106 with the number of people infected standing at more than 4,500.