Thailand adds record 985 Covid cases Monday

Thailand adds record 985 Covid cases Monday

Military personnel prepare beds in a field hospital being set up in Chiang Mai on Saturday, as Thailand deals with a recent spike in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI ARMY / AFP)
Military personnel prepare beds in a field hospital being set up in Chiang Mai on Saturday, as Thailand deals with a recent spike in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI ARMY / AFP)

The government reported 985 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, a new daily record since the pandemic began.

The latest report brings the accumulated total to 33,610. No additional deaths were reported, leaving the toll at 97.

All but five of the new infections were transmitted inside Thailand.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said Chiang Mai led new cases with 246 transmissions, followed by Bangkok (137) and Chon Buri (92). The Chiang Mai figures included a big jump reported by the province on Sunday afternoon.

The national CCSA report showed Chiang Mai with 57 more cases than on Sunday morning, and Bangkok with 99 fewer.

Department of Disease Control director-general Opas Karnkawinpong said the figures after the Songkran holiday will define the direction of Thailand’s third wave of Covid-19.

"The trend is still upward. We have to look at the figures after Songkran," Dr Opas said.

He said most new cases continue to be linked to nightspots. He further warned that the ongoing university summer break could result in increased cases if students don’t exercise caution when taking part in group activities and programmes such as summer camps.

The five imported cases logged on Monday comprised two from Russia, two from Germany and one from Sweden.

Vocabulary

  • accumulate: to get more and more of something over a period of time - เก็บสะสม, สะสม, สั่งสมมานาน
  • define (verb): to describe or show the qualities of somebody/something in a particular way - แสดงลักษณะพิเศษ,แสดงคุณลักษณะพิเศษ
  • exercise: to use - ใช้
  • figure: a number representing a particular amount, especially one given in official information - ตัวเลข, จำนวนเลข
  • ongoing: happening at the present moment; continuing - ไม่หยุดยั้ง, ต่อเนื่อง
  • record: the best or most ever achieved - สถิติ
  • transmission: the spread of a disease from one person or animal to another - การแพร่เชื้อ
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