18 Covid deaths, 1,911 new cases

18 Covid deaths, 1,911 new cases

A disease control worker advises a social security fund member about the process of free Covid-19 testing at the Thai-Japanese youth centre in Din Daeng district of Bangkok on Wednesday. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)
A disease control worker advises a social security fund member about the process of free Covid-19 testing at the Thai-Japanese youth centre in Din Daeng district of Bangkok on Wednesday. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

The government on Thursday reported 18 new Covid-19 deaths over the past 24 hours, for a toll of 336, and 1,911 new cases, raising the total to 76,811.

In the third wave of Covid-19, which started at the beginning of last month, there were 47,948 cases, 19,369 of whom have already recovered.

On Wednesday, 2,435 Covid patients were discharged from hospitals.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said six of the deaths were in Bangkok, three in Samut Prakan province, two each in Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai and Samut Sakhon and one each in Pathum Thani, Yala and Sing Buri.

Thirteen were women and five were men. They were aged 45-100 years. Thirteen of them had hypertension. Other illnesses were diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, lung disease, thyroid disorder, previous stroke, renal disease or cancer.

Twelve deaths were people who had close contact with infected family members, one caught the disease from a previously confirmed case, another from a friend, one visited a risk area in Chiang Mai province, one lived in a risk area and two were vendors at malls.

The 1,911 new cases (1,298 in Greater Bangkok) included 1,902 local infections, 1,749 of them confirmed at hospitals and 153 via mass testing.

Bangkok had 739 new cases, Nonthaburi 273, Samut Prakan 143, Chon Buri, 76, Samut Sakhon 65, Surat Thani, 53, Nakhon Pathom 47, Ayutthaya and Chachoengsao 35 each and Pathum Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat 31 each.

"The situation in Bangkok is still worrying and most new cases were found in congested communities," Dr Taweesilp said.

There were nine new imported cases, seven of them quarantined arrivals from the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Ireland, Iran (2), the United Kingdom and Bangladesh. The two others were a Thai man and woman who sneaked in from Malaysia and Cambodia respectively.

 Of the 76,811 total cases, 46,795 (60.9%) had recovered and 29,680 were in hospitals, with 1,073 in critical condition and 356 dependent on ventilators.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 837,731 in 24 hours to 155.82 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 14,278 to 3.25 million. India logged 412,618 new cases for a total of 21.97 million and 3,982 new deaths. for a toll of 230,151.

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