The health minister in Thailand, the country with the most confirmed cases outside China of the new coronavirus, called an emergency meeting on Jan. 26 with the transport and tourism ministries amid rising public discontent over the government’s handling of the illness.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul spoke to reporters as the number of cases of the disease in Thailand rose on Sunday to eight.
Anutin added that three of the people infected were being treated and five had recovered and gone home.
In China, there have been nearly 2,000 cases of the illness and 56 people have died, as of Sunday. A scattering of cases have been reported in other countries, including Thailand.
China is Thailand’s biggest source of tourists and had nearly 11 million visitors from there last year.
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