Doctors attending to the eight boys who have been rescued from the cave in two groups of four on Sunday and Monday say they are generally in good health - an incredible result for the boys who have spent nine days incommunicado, without food, until they were found, and then waited days more before embarking on an hours-long dive that even the most skilled cave divers have described as among the most risky they have attempted. "Four plus one coach, so it's five".
Eight of the 12 boys who had been trapped within the flooded cave were rescued during the first two days of the operation. Anyone not essential to the mission had been ordered out of the cave, he added.
Another four boys were rescued Monday. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was visiting all eight in the nearby hospital that they were helicoptered to, he said. "If the lab results are negative - no infection or any disease - they can visit but they have to wear [medical] gown, face mask and hair cap".
Two boys possibly have a lung infection, but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said.
It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Dr Jedsada told a news conference.
The first 4 boys who were rescued the other day, aged between 12 and 16, are now allowed to eat normal food once again. "We should treat them like disaster victims, and not like theyve done anything wrong".
Their diet has been upgraded from diluted porridge to bread and chocolate - their two requests this morning. They were still wearing sunglasses as a precaution while their eyes adjusted to the light, he added.
VideoOne of the divers on the rescue team in Thailand explains the difficulty of getting the boys out.
Principal Kanetpong Suwan said teachers and students have been briefed to treat the boys normally and positively, not to ask them about details that would remind them of their ordeal, and to welcome all of them back with open arms. "They may be also acting out in terms of trying to deal with their emotions", Andrea Danese, a Psychiatry lecturer at King's College in London, told Al Jazeera. The second group is still eating "medical food". This would involve a psychologist, and likely other mental health professionals, working with the teens to revisit some of the trauma, talking about it through various stages of therapy and becoming more capable of coping with the emotional trauma of what occurred.
"They can watch on TV", he said.
Mr David Strike, a dive event organiser who has known Dr Harris for more than a decade, said Dr Harris had all the characteristics needed for the unsafe mission, with more than 30 years of diving experience.
Osatanakorn announced the start of the latest rescue mission to applause and cheers in the local government courtyard that has become a centre for Thai volunteers and the world's media.
Celebrations will be tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai navy diver who died on Friday while on a re-supply mission inside the cave. "It will be longer than previous ones", the post says in Thai and English.