Zero Hour: Thailand reports no new COVID-19 cases

Task force spokesman Taweesilp Wissanuyothin speaks at an April 27 briefing.
Task force spokesman Taweesilp Wissanuyothin speaks at an April 27 briefing.

For the first time since early March, health officials today announced no new infections had been found.

Along with the announcement that no additional deaths had been recorded for a fourth straight day, the news buoys hope that the worst days may be behind, after 3,017 infections and 56 fatalities were recorded since January.

A day after the prime minister told the nation that emergency measures could continue past May, COVID-19 task force spokesman Taweesilp Wissanuyothin said it was too soon to expect a return to business as usual.

“There may be reports of zero infections for several days, but who knows? Someone may be in contact with a patient but not be showing signs yet,” he said, citing a recent recurrence of infections in South Korea attributed to an asymptomatic carrier who visited a pub.

The last time a day passed with no new cases logged was March 9, when only 50 had been confirmed. While testing has been limited, two weeks of single-digit reports have fueled optimism and efforts to reopen the economy.

A state of emergency remains in place along with an overnight curfew and raft of restrictions limiting business operations and travel.

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