24 new Covid deaths, 2,302 new cases Sunday

24 new Covid deaths, 2,302 new cases Sunday

People from the Klong Toey community in Bangkok wait to get a coronavirus disease test on May 4, 2021. (Reuters file photo)
People from the Klong Toey community in Bangkok wait to get a coronavirus disease test on May 4, 2021. (Reuters file photo)

Twenty-four Covid-19 deaths and 2,302 new cases were reported on Sunday, bringing the accumulated totals to 589 fatalities and 101,447 cases.

A total of 2,136 people were recorded as recovered over the 24-hour period, leaving 35,055 under treatment at hospitals.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Sunday Bangkok led fatalities with eight deaths, while Chon Buri, Pathum Thani and Kanchanaburi logged two deaths each.

One fatality was recorded in each of 10 provinces — Chiang Mai, Si Sa Ket, Ratchaburi, Samut Prakan, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Rayong, Nakhon Nayok and Ayutthaya.

The capital led the number of new infections with 1,218 cases, while the five provinces next door bagged 616 combined cases.

Bangkok and its five surrounding provinces of Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi accounted for half of the new infections.

CCSA assistant spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangson said concerns centred on new clusters in camps for construction workers in Bangkok. At one site in Lak Si district, 86% of the 559 labourers were diagnosed with Covid-19, she said.

"The Lak Si camp was shut down and movement in and out [of the area] was banned," Dr Apisamai said.

There are 393 camps holding 60,000 construction workers, both Thais and foreigners, across the capital.

The 23 imported cases logged on Sunday were dominated by 14 Thais who returned from Cambodia through immigration checkpoints in Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province. Another three re-entered the country from Malaysia through the Sadao checkpoint in Songkhla.

The other imported cases, both Thais and other nationalities, comprised one each from Sweden, the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, the Philippines and Myanmar.

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