January 31, 2020 / 9:23 AM / 19 days ago

Thailand confirms first human-to-human coronavirus transmission

BANGKOK, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Thailand has seen its first case of human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus inside the country, a health official said on Friday.

The case is a Thai taxi driver, said Tanarak Pipat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control.

“The Thai person who got infected does not have the record of traveling to China and it is likely that he was infected from a sick traveler from China,” Tanarak said.

Thailand’s previous cases have all been either Chinese tourists or Thais who had visited China, where the virus originated. (Writing by Kay Johnson; editing by John Stonestreet)

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