There has been a large increase in cases of Covid-19 in Thailand this week with the Thai government reporting 401 new cases today, along with one new death.
Eighteen of those were found in people who have arrived from abroad and are currently in quarantine.
Those numbers bring the total number of cases of Covid-19 in Thailand to 28,277, with at least 26,766 people recovering, since reports of cases spreading across the world began to emerge early last year.
As is the case in most deaths connected to Covid, the person who died was elderly with pre-existing conditions — in this case, he was suffering from hypertension, Alzheimer’s and heart valve regurgitation.
337 of the latest Covid cases in Thailand were discovered in Bangkok’s immigration police detention facility in Bang Khen.
The Minister of Public Health, Anutin Charnvirakul, says the increase in cases is not a sign of a ‘third wave’, but instead just a cluster.
Other cases were also found in Samut Sakhon province, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Khon Kaen.
With cases rising like this, should they continue, it could have an impact on Thailand’s just-announced new shorter 10-day quarantine, which is due to kick in on April 1st.
For anyone planning a trip to Thailand and willing to be placed in quarantine for 10 days to two weeks, therefore, it may behoove them to keep an eye on the news just in case the shorter quarantine is reverted back to the earlier lengthier one.