Thailand reports 18 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths

FILE PHOTO: Vendors wearing protective masks sell food in Chinatown after the government started some restaurants outside of malls, parks, and barbershops during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand on May 3, 2020 to open. REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tun

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand's new coronavirus cases rose to 18 on Monday after falling to single-digit numbers last week, but the country did not report any new deaths.

Monday's report brought the total number of cases to 2,987 since the new virus was discovered in Thailand in January, with a total of 54 deaths.

The new cases were migrants who entered Thailand through an immigration checkpoint in the southern Songkhla province bordering Malaysia, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government center for COVID-19 situation management.

They were all quarantined in an immigration prison, along with 42 cases previously found on April 25, Taweesin said.

Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat

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