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Thailand reports second case of Wuhan virus

2020-01-17 HKT 15:30
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  • Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport is adopting stricter health measures to monitor travellers arriving from China. Photo: AFP
    Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport is adopting stricter health measures to monitor travellers arriving from China. Photo: AFP
Thailand detected its second case of a newly-identified coronavirus in a visitor from China, health officials said on Friday, as authorities ramp up airport screenings ahead of an expected surge in arrivals for Chinese New Year.

The 74-year-old Chinese woman is being treated in hospital after presenting with symptoms at Thailand's biggest airport, Suvarnabhumi, on January 13, according to the health ministry.

She was diagnosed with pneumonia linked to the new coronavirus which has stirred alarm after killing two in China and hospitalising dozens. It has also been detected in Japan.

"People don't have to panic as there is no spread of the virus in Thailand," the ministry said in its statement.

The woman, whose condition is improving, arrived from Wuhan -- believed to be at the epicentre of the outbreak.

It came after Thai doctors diagnosed another Chinese traveller with mild pneumonia on January 8, later confirmed to have been caused by the new virus.

During the upcoming holiday period, more than 1,300 passengers are expected to arrive in Thailand daily from Wuhan alone. (AFP)