Thailand’s government said on Friday that it had discovered 50 more coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of cases to 2,473.

There were 1 more fatality bringing the death toll to 33.

73 more people have recovered from the disease bringing the total number of patients discharged to 1,013.

Do not come home

Thailand’s government said on Thursday that over 15,000 Thais are waiting to be repatriated after the country shut down its borders, leaving its citizens stranded overseas.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, over 5,000 Thais were waiting to return to the country by air once Thailand’s airspace reopens at the end of April.

Over 10,000 Thais were also stuck on the Thai-Malay border due to border closures and waiting to return. 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha told Thais waiting to be repatriated that it may be better for them to ‘shelter-in-place’ in their countries of residence than risk coming back.

“Rather than go through a sleepless wait and the possibility of catching the disease on the way back, the prime minister urges those Thais not in dire situations to stay in their country of residence than return home,” said Dr Thaweesin.

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