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BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand on Wednesday confirmed two new coronavirus cases, both of which were imported from abroad, marking 37 successive days without domestic transmission.

The new cases were Thai nationals returning from Kuwait and were found in state quarantine, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesman for the government's COVID-19 task force.

The coronavirus has infected 3,173 people in Thailand, of which 3,059 patients have recovered. There have been 58 deaths so far, but none for almost one month.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Martin Petty)

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Australia halves entry of international travelers due to the outbreak

Sydney (Australia), Jul 10 (EFE) .- Australia will halve the entry of international travelers starting next Monday, after the crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 in Melbourne, as announced on Friday by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“It is a reduction of more than 4,000 people who come every week and which is distributed at all ports of entry (in Australia),” Morrison told journalists in Canberra at the end of a National Cabinet meeting.

The move comes after a new quarantine began in Melbourne on Thursday, Australia’s second-most populous city and the rural township of Mitchell in the wake of a COVID-19 outbreak, which is under control in the rest of the country. .

Australia has closed its international borders since last March, although it allows the entry, mainly, of residents and citizens, who must undergo a 14-day quarantine in hotels in the country.

Morrison stressed that this cut will allow authorities to focus on tests to detect COVID-19 and traces of potential contacts of infected people, most of them between people arriving from abroad, with the exception of the Melbourne cases.

Australia, which has allowed 70,000 people to enter since last March, is following in the footsteps of its neighbor New Zealand, which has practically eliminated COVID-19 and has also limited the return of its residents and citizens to ease the pressure of its centers. quarantine.

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Morrison, who plans to speak to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about a plan to open an “air bubble” between Australia and New Zealand, announced that a national review of hotel quarantine systems for international travelers will be conducted. .

Likewise, the price that would be charged to people who undergo quarantines will be analyzed, given that up to now it is the states and territories that bear the costs, in addition to the standards in the training of security guards and health workers in those places.

“As our country reopens again, with the exception of Victoria, we will ensure that we have greater confidence in those quarantine systems that have been implemented,” said the liberal president.

“There have been very few gaps but we have seen, as reported in Victoria, that a single gap, albeit a low risk one, can lead to a catastrophic outcome,” said interim government medical chief Paul Kelly, referring to the outbreak of Melbourne attributed to non-compliance with quarantine measures in hotels where travelers stayed in that city.

Australia has started to normalize its economic activities after containing the COVID-19, with the exception of the state of Victoria, where there has been a regrowth that has forced the confinement of some 5 million people in Melbourne and Mitchel for six weeks.

The state of Victoria today reported 288 new cases of COVID-19, which is the largest daily increase that has been recorded in all of Australia since the start of the pandemic, and accumulates 3,397 cases, of the more than 9,000 that are registered in the oceanic country, which includes 106 deceased.

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