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Thailand confirms first human-to-human coronavirus transmission

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    Reuters

Bangkok, Thailand   /   Fri, January 31, 2020   /   04:45 pm
Thailand confirms first human-to-human coronavirus transmission A picture taken in a laboratory of the National Reference Center (CNR) for respiratory viruses at the Institut Pasteur in Paris on January 28, 2020 shows a biohazard sticker on the entrance of a room. - The CNR analyses the tests for respiratory viruses among which coronavirus. The deadly new coronavirus that has broken out in China, 2019-nCoV, has so far killed 106 people and infected over 4,000 -- the bulk of them in and around Wuhan. ( AFP/ Thomas SAMSON )

Thailand has seen its first case of human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus inside the country, a health official said on Friday.

The case is a Thai taxi driver, said Tanarak Pipat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control.

"The Thai person who got infected does not have the record of traveling to China and it is likely that he was infected from a sick traveler from China," Tanarak said.

Thailand's previous cases have all been either Chinese tourists or Thais who had visited China, where the virus originated.