8 new COVID-19 infections bring Thailand to 3,000 cases

Police in Nakhon Ratchasima give food to locals during the outbreak in a photo posted this morning. Photo: Police TV / Facebook
Police in Nakhon Ratchasima give food to locals during the outbreak in a photo posted this morning. Photo: Police TV / Facebook

Health officials announced another day of single-digit coronavirus infections today that brought the kingdom to an even 3,000 confirmed cases since the outbreak began.

The eight new cases were announced at this morning’s briefing by the COVID-19 task force, which for a second day said no new deaths had been recorded.

Testing remains limited and it is unknown how many people have actually been stricken with the virus. Still, following nearly two weeks of daily reports in the single digits, Thailand is looking to lift restrictions that have sent the flagging economy into a tailspin.

A variety of venues were allowed to reopen this week, with May 17 likely to see the next phase of relaxing measures put in place to contain the outbreak which has infected nearly 4 million worldwide and killed nearly 270,000.

Task force spokesman Taweesilp Wissanuyothin did not mention anything further details about plans to allow large retailers, malls and department stores to reopen.

He also did not repeat recent threats to reinstate the ban on alcohol sales, though he noted that people gathering to drink has been the number one motivation for people to violate the overnight curfew.

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