February 28, 2020 / 4:46 AM / a month ago

Thailand reports one new coronavirus case, total reaches 41 - health official

FILE PHOTO: Commuters wearing protective masks walk inside the Skytrain BTS in Bangkok, Thailand February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand recorded one new case of coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 41 since January, a senior health official said on Friday.

The new case is a 25-year-old Thai man, a tour guide who recently returned from South Korea and was diagnosed with the virus on Feb. 24, Sukhum Kanchanaphimai, the health ministry’s permanent secretary said in a news conference.

So far, 28 coronavirus patients have recovered and returned home and 13 are still being treated in hospitals.

More than 2,700 people in China have died from the virus but Thailand has not recorded any fatality so far.

Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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