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Three Covid-19 patients die while 106 new cases confirmed

Three Covid-19 patients died on Monday while 106 new cases were confirmed, taking Thailand’s total cases past 800, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, said on Tuesday (March 24).

The cases over a 24-hour period can be divided into three groups.

The first group of 25 are connected to cluster cases — five people had attended a boxing event in a stadium, six had been to entertainment venues, two had attended religious ceremonies and 12 had had close contact with others previously confirmed as infected.

The second group comprised 34 people of whom 20 had just returned from overseas (8 Thais and 12 foreigners), 10 were working in crowded areas or close to foreigners, and four are medical staff in Yala, Phuket, Buri Ram, and Nakhon Pathom provinces. Taweesin added that all the medical personnel got infected because patients lied or did not reveal their travel history.

The last group of 47 are being investigated on the source of the infection.

Meanwhile, five people have fully recovered and returned home.

The total number of deaths from Covid-19 increased to four, three fatalities being reported on Tuesday. A 70-year-old male patient who also carried tuberculosis(the first critical symptom patient in Thailand), died on Monday. Another 79-year-old man, whose infection was related to a boxing stadium cluster, carried multiple chronic diseases and succumbed, while a 45-year-old man also suffered from diabetes and obesity.

As of March 24, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 827 — 766 are under treatment, 57 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been four deaths.