Thailand reports 4 more coronavirus cases, total hits 47

Health official checks the body temperature of Thailand’s PM Prayuth Chan-ocha at the Govt House in Bangkok. (AP pic)

BANGKOK: Thailand reported four new cases of infection by the novel coronavirus, taking its total to 47.

The cases involve travel from Italy and Iran, Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said in a briefing Thursday.

One is an Italian tourist and the second is a Thai national returning from Italy. The third is Chinese citizen who was transiting back to China from Iran. The fourth case is a Thai coming back from Iran.

Nation has so far confirmed one fatality from the disease known as Covid-19. Fifteen people remain hospitalised, while the others who contracted the illness recovered and have been discharged.

The tourism-reliant Thai economy is reeling from the travel curbs sparked by the outbreak. Visitors from China, the disease epicenter, have slumped but are usually the biggest source of tourism receipts.