30 new COVID-19 cases detected, PM says ‘Thailand will beat this’

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha wears a mask at Suvarnabhumi Airport earlier in March. Photo: Department of Disease Control / FB
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha wears a mask at Suvarnabhumi Airport earlier in March. Photo: Department of Disease Control / FB

The official tally of coronavirus infections continued to soar today with another 30 infections reported this morning by health officials.

Sukhum Kanchanapimai, permanent secretary of health, said at Tuesday’s daily media briefing that local transmission was still limited. Today’s announcement comes after the trickle of detected infections hit a one-day high of 33 on Sunday. Thailand has now reported 177 cases since it became the first nation outside to detect the virus two months ago.

Later today, the cabinet is expected to revoke the April 13-15 holidays of Songkran for reinstatement at a later time, as well as limit operations of venues including “high-risk” venues such as entertainment venues, sports stadiums and bars.

Last night, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha called for calm in an address to the nation in which he said his government would “take firm and concrete actions to prevent the further spread of the virus.”

“The outbreak of this disease will continue for a certain period of time,” Gen. Prayuth said. “I know that we are all experiencing hardships and distress, but we need to be patient and endure, and combine our efforts to get through this crisis together. I would like to thank all our officials and the Thai people for their cooperation.”

“Thailand will beat this,” he added.

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