New high for daily virus infections

New high for daily virus infections

People wait their turn to give a nasal swab, for testing for the Covid-19 virus, at the office of the Department of Disease Control in Bang Khen district, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
People wait their turn to give a nasal swab, for testing for the Covid-19 virus, at the office of the Department of Disease Control in Bang Khen district, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

The government reported 1,335 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the highest number of daily infections since the epidemic hit Thailand early last year.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said that of the 1,335 new infections, only nine were among arrivals from overseas. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 35,910. The death toll remains unchanged at 97.

Bangkok had the most new cases at 351, followed by Chiang Mai (319) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (161).

Most cases were linked to nightspots.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered officials to work at home until the end of the month if possible and recommended that the private sector do the same, to help to contain the spread of the third outbreak.

The CCSA said limiting the movement of people would curb the pandemic.

Authorities in 43 provinces have imposed restrictions on visitors to discourage travel.

Vocabulary

  • curb: to control or limit something - จำกัดขอบเขต, ควบคุม
  • discourage: to make someone feel like something should not be done - ทำให้ไม่อยาก (ทำสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง)
  • limit: to stop something from increasing beyond a particular amount or level - จำกัด
  • nightspot: a place people go to for entertainment at night - สถานบันเทิงกลางคืน
  • official (noun): a government worker; a person who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่, เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ - เจ้าหน้าที่, เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • overseas: connected with foreign countries, especially those separated from your country by the sea or ocean - เกี่ยวกับต่างประเทศ, ข้ามทะเล
  • private sector: businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - ภาคเอกชน
  • restriction: a rule, action or situation that limits or controls someone or something - การจำกัด, การควบคุม
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