March 17, 2020 / 5:17 AM / 17 days ago

Thailand reports 30 new coronavirus cases, total of 177 - official

A Buddhist monk check temperture of a visitor at Wat Pho temple as prevention after the coronavirus outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand reported 30 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, raising the total to 177, Sukhum Kanchanaphimai, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Health told a news conference.

Eleven of the new cases are connected to a crowded boxing match that saw a large number of coronavirus cases, while other cases are those that worked closely with foreigners, Sukhum said.

Most of the cases, 70% to 80%, in Thailand are recorded in Bangkok, he said.

Thailand has recorded one coronavirus fatality and 41 patients have recovered and returned home.

Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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