Thailand reports 54 new coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths

Thailand’s new coronavirus cases include five Thais repatriated from Indonesia who had traveled to South Sulawesi province. (AFP)
Updated 09 April 2020

Thailand reports 54 new coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths

  • New cases include five Thais repatriated from Indonesia who had traveled to South Sulawesi province

BANGKOK: Thailand reported 54 new coronavirus cases and 2 more deaths on Thursday, including a 74-year-old French national.
An 82-year-old Thai man also died, said a spokesman for the government’s Center for CoVID-19 Situation Administration.
The new cases include five Thais repatriated from Indonesia who had traveled to South Sulawesi province for a religious gathering last month before the event was postponed.
Thailand has reported a total of 2,423 cases and 32 fatalities, while 940 patients have recovered and gone home since the outbreak started in January.


Taiwan to further ease coronavirus restrictions

Updated 19 min 47 sec ago

Taiwan to further ease coronavirus restrictions

  • Taiwan has never gone into total lockdown
  • Taiwan has reported 443 cases, the majority of which were in people who get infected overseas

TAIPEI: Taiwan will further ease its restrictions related to control of the coronavirus, the government said on Sunday, as the island has kept the pandemic well in hand with only 6 active cases and no local transmission for 56 days.
Taiwan has never gone into total lockdown and life has continued largely as normal due to its early and effective prevention work and a first rate public health system, but has promoted social distancing and ensured broad public access to face masks.
Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center said that it would lift restrictions limiting the number of people who could participate in “daily life and leisure events,” though people should continue to wear face masks if they were unable to socially distance.
The government has already begun moving in that direction, allowing a limited number of fans to attend sports matches previously played without spectators.
Food service on trains has also resumed.
However, border entry restrictions remain, with authorities wary of a second wave of infections coming in from countries where the pandemic is still raging, such as the United States and Britain.
Taiwan has reported 443 cases, the majority of which were in people who get infected overseas, and just seven deaths.