By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Thailand health officials reported (computer translated) five additional novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases– four in Chinese nationals and one in a Thai national.


This brings the total to 19 cases in the Kingdom.

The Thai patient is a taxi driver with no history of traveling to China, making this the first locally acquired case in Thailand.

Dr. Sukhum Kanchanaphimai, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health said the risk for Thai people to be exposed to pneumonia from the new strain of corona virus 2019 is still at a low level, but as a precaution, there is still intensive surveillance.

He goes on to say (computer translated): He encourages Thai people to take actions to protect themselves and prevent the spread of disease Please avoid being in a crowded or polluted place and not being close to the patient. Coughing and sneezing. Inviting people to bring a mask from their clothing to protect themselves from respiratory diseases. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol gel to wash your hands. If you have fever, respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose, wear a mask. And hurry to see a doctor immediately.

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For public bus drivers and users, please take care of personal hygiene. Wear a mask Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol gel. Wash hands with alcohol. Always clean the vehicle after service. If a passenger is found to have a cough, sneeze or runny nose, request cooperation.