Thailand warns of COVID-19 spread via shared smoking, drinks hinh anh 1Thai Health Minister Sukhum Kanchanapimai  (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA)Thailand on March 13 issued a new warning about the possibility of infection of SARS-CoV-2 at parties or gatherings after 13 people who shared cigarettes and whisky in a party were confirmed to have COVID-19 the day earlier.

Thai Health Minister Sukhum Kanchanapimai told the local press that sharing drinks, cigarettes and not avoiding social activities after returning from an at-risk country was an inappropriate behaviour.

One of those had earlier been in contact with tourists from Hong Kong, he said.

On March 13, Thailand reported five more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 75.

Among the cases confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Thailand, one has died while 35 others have recovered and been discharged from hospital./.