Bangkok's usually busy Ratchaprasong shopping area had few people and fewer cars on Tuesday, as people stayed home. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
There were 120 new local cases of Covid-19 announced on Wednesday, raising the total to 1,771, while the death toll went up by two to 12.
Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said a Thai man, 79, died in a southern border province. He also suffered from diabetes and chronic renal failure. The man attended a wedding party in Malaysia on March 7 and fell sick on March 20.
The other death was a businessperson aged 58 who returned from Britain.
Of the 120 new cases, 38 were had been in close contact with previous patients, 16 attended religious ceremonies in Indonesia and 14 had risky jobs, working in crowded places or closely with foreigners.
Eleven visited entertainment places, six were Thai returnees from other countries, two were visiting foreigners, one was a medical official, one visited a boxing stadium and one attended a religious ceremony in Malaysia. Officials were investigating 30 other cases.
The 120 new cases comprised 43 in Bangkok, 23 in Samut Prakan, 11 in Phuket, two each in Krabi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Buri Ram, Songkhla and Chon Buri, one each in Chachoengsao, Nakhon Pathom, Si Sa Ket, Samut Sakhon, Saraburi, Nong Bua Lam Phu and Ubon Ratchathani. The were 24 cases still being investigated.
As Bangkok has the highest number of local cases, at 850, Dr Taweesin said people who were travelling in the capital were at risk of contracting the disease from people who had been in earlier contact with the confirmed local cases.
capital : the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
chronic (adj): (of a disease, pain or problem) serious and lasting for a long time - เป็นประจำ
contract : to become infected with a disease - ติดเชื้อ
diabetes : a serious medical condition in which your body does not produce enough insulin to reduce the amount of sugar in the blood - โรคเบาหวาน
failure : the fact of something not working or stopping working -
investigate : to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
patient : someone who is receiving medical treatment - คนป่วย, คนไข้
renal (adj): relating to or involving the kidneys, the two organs in the body that remove waste products from the blood and produce urine - เกี่ยวกับไต
returnee : someone who is "returning" to some place -
risky (adj): involving the possibility of danger, harm or failure - เสี่ยง, เสี่ยงอันตราย