38 Thais in Egypt infected with COVID-19: embassy

A file photo of a city of Cairo in Egypt.
A file photo of a city of Cairo in Egypt.

Thirty-eight Thai expats living in Egypt have contracted COVID-19 and won’t be returning home today, the Thai embassy in Cairo announced. 

The embassy said yesterday that 37 of those diagnosed with COVID-19 were still being treated in the Egyptian capital on the same day 220 Thai nationals were being flown home on a chartered flight. They will be placed into government quarantine for two weeks upon their arrival today.

The Thai embassy said it had contacted the Egyptian health ministry to monitor the conditions of those not healthy enough to travel home. 

Thousands of Thais were stranded overseas after the government shutting down air travel into the kingdom. In recent weeks, it has organized flights to repatriate them, leading to a steady trickle of new COVID-19 cases emerging at quarantine facilities.

Egypt on Monday reported 1,365 new COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths, bringing its total to 35,444 infections and 1,271 fatalities. The Egyptian government has imposed a nighttime curfew since late March.

In a statement, the Thai embassy advised Thais living in Egypt to avoid crowded venues as much as possible and wear face masks every time they leave their residence.

Thais in Egypt can contact the embassy via +201 0194 01243 and Facebook.

In Thailand, two new COVID-19 cases were announced, both involving Thais returned from abroad. Today marked the 15th day no domestic cases were found.

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