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Thailand records 14 new COVID-19 cases

11 Jul 2020, 21:30 GMT+10

BANGKOK, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Thailand on Saturday saw 14 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single day spike in many weeks, and all were Thais who returned from overseas and currently in state quarantine.

According to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), 12 of the new infections are among Thais returning from Sudan, the other is from the United States and another from Bahrain.

Total new cases in Thailand now stood at 3,216, and total deaths stood at 58.

Meanwhile, the Thai Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul said on Saturday Thailand is approaching a 50 day free of COVID-19 local infections.

"However according to the Ministry of Public Health's latest survey report, Thais in general are beginning to lower their guards against possible infections," said Traisulee.

"There are several second wave spikes in many countries, therefore Thailand needs to maintain its stance in banning inbound flights for general tourists," she said.

"We cannot rule out that Thailand will experience a second wave of infections if the Thai people lower their guards, and not wearing a face mask or adhering to social distancing," Traisulee said.

The deputy spokeswoman also said the porous border areas along Thailand and neighboring countries are of concern as well.

"Illegal migrants can cross into Thailand through border areas that is made up of jungles and the Mekong River," said Traisulee, "it will be difficult for border patrol security officers to intercept illegal migrants, therefore the Immigration Bureau has introduced the deployment of drones to capture suspicious people crossing into Thailand."

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