Thailand detects community infections of COVID-19 after relaxing restrictions hinh anh 1People wear masks in Bangkok, Thailand to prevent the COVID-19 spread. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Thailand announced on December 18 four new community infections of COVID-19 just one day after the country eased restrictions to allow tourists to return.  

 The new cases comprised a 67-year-old woman and three of her family members in the Samut Sakhon province.

Health authorities said the woman did not have a history of travelling outside the country, adding they were waiting for the results of the tests of 165 other people who had been in close contact with the woman.

"We are collecting information to find the origins of this infection," said Disease Control Department director-general, Opas Karnkawinpong.

Over recent months the new cases of COVID-19 in Thailand have been in the single-digits, with most of them found in people in quarantine. Most recent cases in the country were imported.  

Thailand has so far recorded 4,297 cases of COVID-19 and 60 fatalities from the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Indonesia recorded 6,689 new COVID-19 cases on December 18, raising the total count to 650,197 , along with 124 deaths,  bringing the total fatalities to 19,514./.