One more Covid-19 death, 216 new cases

One more Covid-19 death, 216 new cases

A man and a boy pay homage to the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram (Wat Phra Kaeo) in Bangkok on the New Year occasion on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Nutthawat Wichieanbut)
A man and a boy pay homage to the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram (Wat Phra Kaeo) in Bangkok on the New Year occasion on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Nutthawat Wichieanbut)

One more death linked to Covid-19 and 216 new cases were reported on Saturday, bringing the total to 7,379 cases and 64 fatalities.

Of the 216 new cases, 214 were local infections, according to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The new death was a diabetic woman in Chon Buri who had gone to a gambling den, it said.

Most of the new cases, or 154, are being investigated. Another 23 cases either went to risk areas, had at-risk professions or had a history of being contact with previous cases.

Three of the new cases were linked to the Samut Sakhon cluster and one each was linked to the Rayong and Chon Buri clusters.

Active case finding among migrant workers found another 32 cases while the remaining two cases were arrivals in quarantine.

The CCSA attributed the spike to two reasons. Infected people have failed to isolate themselves and continue to travel. Activities involving gatherings of people are still being held and some of which are illegal. 

The disease has spread to 53 provinces, mainly in the Central Plains, since Covid-19 re-emerged in six provinces in mid-December. 

To contain the spread, the CCSA will step up control in the red zone (28 provinces), orange zone (11) and yellow zone (38). (see map below).

For the red zone, maximum control will be imposed in two phases as needed.

The first phase, from Jan 4 to Feb 1, involves restricting opening hours of places, closing establishments at risk of spreading the disease, cracking down on illegal assembling, minimising gatherings, seeking cooperation from people to not leave the provinces, closing schools and educational institutions or reintroducing online learning, and encouraging people to work from home.

In addition, more measures will apply to people leaving the red area and active case finding will be conducted.

The second phase, if necessary, involves imposing a curfew and intensifying the existing measures such as more restrictions on operating hours of establishments, more closures, a requirement for work from home and more active case finding, the CCSA said.

The red zone (under maximum control) covers Bangkok and 27 provinces: Tak, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Angthong, Nakhon Nayok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Trat, Rayong, Chumphon and Ranong.

The orange zone (under control) covers 11 provinces: Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Phetchabun, Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surat Thani and Phangnga

The yellow zone (under close watch) covers the remaining 38 provinces.   

A map shows how the disease spread from six provinces on Dec 18, 2020 to 53 on Jan 2.   

A map shows the three designated control zones.

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