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(Bloomberg) -- Thailand reported its first death from coronavirus infection since June 2, two weeks after the nation ended a streak of 100 days without local transmission.
The victim was a 54-year-old translator who was airlifted to Bangkok from Saudi Arabia early this month after contracting Covid-19, health ministry officials said at a briefing in Bangkok. The man suffered from pneumonia and other comorbidities, they said.
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With the latest fatality, Thailand’s total death toll from the pandemic rose to 59. Earlier on Friday, the country reported seven imported Covid-19 cases, taking the total to 3,497.
Thailand, which was the first country outside China to detect the coronavirus, is among a handful of nations in the region which have managed to contain the pandemic. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha imposed a national lockdown in March but the Southeast Asian nation has since relaxed some restrictions to allow businesses to re-open.
The tourism-reliant country is preparing to welcome back foreign tourist by issuing long-stay visas, easing a more than five-month-old ban, as it intensifies efforts to revive an economy battered by the pandemic.
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