BANGKOK—Curious onlookers still linger near the Chiang Mai hospital where a dozen boys and their soccer coach are being treated after their dramatic three-day rescue from a flooded cave. Inside, the youths are receiving antibiotics, vitamins, and solid food and walk about unaided as they pursue what appears to be a smooth return to normal life.

“Overall, the 13 people are in very good condition,” Dr. Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, inspector general of the Ministry of Public Health, told reporters Wednesday.

The Wild Boars soccer team, ages 11 to 17, and their 25-year-old coach are in good spirits, with some members visiting with relatives who must wear protective garments and keep a distance of at least six and a half feet to reduce any risk of infection. Authorities released the first video of the evacuees in their lily-white hospital ward, masked, smiling, and sitting up in their beds, some flashing V-for-victory signs, others clutching electronic devices.

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