Thailand sees first human-to-human coronavirus transmission hinh anh 1In Bangkok, Thailand (Photo: AFP)

Bangkok (VNA) - Thailand has seen its first case of human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus inside the country, a health official said on January 31.

The infected person is a Thai taxi driver who does not have the record of travelling to China, said Deputy Director General of the Department of Disease Control Tanarak Pipat.

He added it is likely that the taxi driver caught the virus from a sick traveller from China.

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

Apart from China, six countries have recorded human-to-human transmission of the virus, which are the US, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea and Thailand./.