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Coronavirus UPDATE: New coronavirus infection in Thailand takes tally to 42

Coronavirus UPDATE: New coronavirus infection in Thailand takes tally to 42
People wearing protective facemasks leave the city commuter train station in Bangkok on January 31, 2020. - The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus, as China reported on January 31 the death toll had climbed to 213 with nearly 10,000 infections. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand recorded a new coronavirus infection, taking its tally to 42 cases since January, a health official said on Saturday.

The victim is a 21-year-old Thai salesman whose job brought him exposure to foreign tourists, the permanent secretary of the health ministry, Sukhum Kanchanaphimai, told a news conference.

Thailand has not yet had a death from the virus, although 28 patients have recovered and 14 are being treated in hospital.

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has fueled fears of a pandemic, with six countries reporting their first cases this week as the World Health Organization raised its global risk alert to “very high”.

The global total: Nearly 87,000 cases.

Coronavirus Global Update
Photo Credit: The New York Times

Source: Reuters

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