Covid deaths hit new record
The Public Health Ministry yesterday reported a new daily high of 31 coronavirus deaths and 2,041 new infections.
The grim figure was about 50% up on the 21 deaths reported on both Saturday and Sunday.
The new wave, which includes the highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the UK, has accounted for more than half of total cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic.
As the rising toll was announced, a respected professor of medicine warned the kingdom faced a crisis if the number of deaths continued to rise.
"That would mean we are moving towards the real crisis stage," Prasit Watanapa, dean of Siriraj Hospital's faculty of medicine, said during the daily briefing of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Dr Prasit urged people to keep wearing face masks, washing hands, following all measures to curb the latest outbreak and to accept vaccinations.
The latest deaths were reported across 11 provinces, with Bangkok and Nonthaburi logging a combined 10 fatalities and Pathum Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat at two deaths each.