• Today, 26 February 2020, the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand announced three new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Thailand to 40. The first new case is a 65 year old Thai male who presented to a private hospital in Bangkok on 23rd February. When his condition worsened on 24th February, a history of travel to Hokkaido, Japan became apparent, leading to laboratory confirmation of COVID-19.
The second case is a Thai female (the wife of the first case), who also travelled to Hokkaido and has mild symptoms. The third case is the 8 year old grandchild of the newly reported cases, the child has mild symptoms and did not travel outside Thailand. All contacts including family members, healthcare providers, classmates, airline crew, co-passengers and individuals who were in the same tour group are being traced and investigated. Classmates of the child are to be quarantined at home for 14 days.
• 554 persons are currently listed as Persons Under Investigation, including persons being tested for the coronavirus or being treated for respiratory infections. This includes persons under treatment for pneumonia who are no longer suspected of having COVID-19.
• The global situation of COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, with significant recent increases in case numbers reported in Iran and Italy. As a result, the current Thailand definition of a ‘Person Under Investigation’ (PUI) has been revised to include persons presenting with onset of fever and respiratory symptoms within 14 days of travel to Iran (new), Italy (new), Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, as well as mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taipei and environs. Information on the COVID-19 situation globally can be found in the daily Situation Report produced by WHO Headquarters • WHO reiterates that health screening and surveillance systems in Thailand – at points of entry into the country as well as nationwide - are robust and capable of tracking suspected cases quickly, allowing health authorities to implement protocols to ensure isolation, contact tracing, testing and treatment of symptoms.