COVID-19 in Thailand

Thailand // 17 October, 2020

At least 3,679 confirmed cases, including 59 deaths. The authorities are encouraging everyone to practice good hand hygiene, social distancing, avoiding crowds and wearing masks in public. Restrictions were eased in a phased approach with most business now reopened and adapted to the new norm.  See Thailand's Ministry of Public Health website for case updates and details by province.

Status: Limited Activity

17 October: After nearly 28 days of zero cases, two local cases have been confirmed. The individuals, both asymptomatic, were Myanmar nationals living close to the border of Myanmar.

10 Sep:  The situation is largely unchanged and contained with mainly single digit cases reported daily; most of which are imported. Thailand, however, did report its first local case in more than 3 months in Bangkok in early September, rigorous contact tracing and testing continues. 

5 Aug:  The new cases detected in Thailand are reported in those who are in state quarantine, after having arrived from abroad. Community transmission has not been reported in the country for at least two months. The United Nations has attributed the ongoing success of controlling COVID in Thailand mainly due to the combination of government action, social responsibility and community solidarity. 

14 July: All new COVID-19 cases in the country are imported. However, there are two instances where an individual may have potentially come into contact with the community. One is an Egyptian national, who arrived in Rayong province on July 8. He was a part of a military delegation to Thailand. It is reported he visited shopping malls in Rayong province. The other is a 9 year old female from Sudan who arrived into Thailand on July 10, with her family as a part of a diplomatic delegation. She was admitted to a hospital in Bangkok, and her family are under quarantine at their Bangkok condominium. Health officials are continuing their investigations.

Update: The Thai government has placed a temporary ban on the entry of foreign diplomats and special business representatives into the country. Media sources report that schools in Rayong province have voluntary suspended classes until further notice. The school in Bangkok, where the 9-year-old girl attends classes has also voluntarily closed as a precaution.   

2 July: All new cases reported in the country are from those who have recently returned from abroad and are in quarantine. Schools have reopened, and visitors have been allowed to enter the country, limited to students and those with family members or work commitments in the country. Pubs and restaurants have also reopened and are permitted to operate until midnight daily. 

See the previous news items for Thailand.

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