THE 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave for 10 days will be hospitalised for at least a week, officials have confirmed, as the momentous rescue operation enters its third day.
Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, said: “All eight rescued boys today are in good health, none have a fever.”
However, Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, inspector general of the public health ministry, said preliminary blood checks indicated "all kids showed signs of infection”.
Twelve members of the Wild Boar youth football team were underground from 23 June after going for a picnic with their coach after practice.
The rescue operation began over the weekend, and four boys and the coach still remain in the cave complex.
Eight boys have now been rescued from the flooded cave labyrinth in northern Thailand.
The first group who were rescued were 14 - 16 years of age, and the second group slightly younger, between 12 - 14.
Their recovery is already underway with the first four described as “often hungry” and in need of “a lot of food”.