• On the 30th of March 2020, 136 new cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 were announced by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, bringing the total number of cases to 1,524.
• 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).
• A majority of cases have been male and many are 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.
• Of the 23 severe cases, more than half are over 60 years old and have underlying conditions. The latest two fatal cases are a man aged 54 (from Yala) and a woman aged 51 (from Bangkok). Neither case had underlying conditions and both sought care early.
• The 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.
• 59 of the 76 provinces have now reported cases. To date more than 20,000 people have been screened and more than 15,000 have been asked to quarantine themselves.