• On the 28th of March 2020, 109 new cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 were announced by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, bringing the total number of cases to 1,245.
• Most newly reported cases are related to previously reported clusters; others have returned from abroad or had occupational exposure to large numbers of people (spa, hotel, restaurant, shops). Two new cases are health personnel. The total number of COVID-19 cases in healthcare workers is now eleven, but several of these individuals may have been exposed in community settings.
• A majority of cases to date are male, and in the 20-49 age group: this is likely because so many cases are linked to boxing stadiums, entertainment venues and to the Dakwah Pilgimage.
• Underlying conditions found among cases who are receiving treatment include hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer. The Ministry of Public Health has requested younger people returning to their home towns to self-quarantine to protect vulnerable older people, and strongly encourages older adults who develop respiratory symptoms and fever to immediately seek care.
• Of the 76 Provinces in the country, 57 have now reported cases. Escalated measures are being implemented according to the emergency decree in the Provinces where cases are concentrated, i.e.
• Central region: Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces • Eastern region: Chonburi, Pattaya, Rayong • Southern region: Songkhla Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala