Thailand logs 26 Covid deaths, 3,226 cases Tuesday

Thailand logs 26 Covid deaths, 3,226 cases Tuesday

A disease control worker sprays disinfectant to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak at a wholesale market in Muang district of Samut Prakan on Monday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
A disease control worker sprays disinfectant to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak at a wholesale market in Muang district of Samut Prakan on Monday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

There were 26 new Covid-19 fatalities and 3,226 new cases in Thailand over the past 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Tuesday morning.

The new infections comprised 2,344 among the general population and 882 in prisons.

The third wave of the novel coronavirus that began on April 1 has now seen 106,576 cases, 61,768 of whom recovered.

Over the past 24 hours, 3,094 cases recovered and were discharged from hospitals.

The death toll from the third wave alone rose to 738, with the accumulated toll from the start of the pandemic now 832.

Thailand has now logged 135,439 cases since January 2020.

As of Monday, 45,413 Covid-19 cases were at hospitals, including 1,187 critically ill people and 399 dependent on ventilators.

Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said in an afternoon daily update that the 26 new fatalities ranged between the ages of 36 and 88. Fifteen were men and 11 women.

Fifteen of the dead were in Bangkok, two each in Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan provinces and one each in Nonthaburi, Phetchaburi, Chon Buri, Amnat Charoen, Buri Ram, Nakhon Sawan and Kalasin.

As many as 13 of the new fatalities contracted Covid-19 from infected family members and five from colleagues, Dr Apisamai said. Four were vendors and taxi drivers. Two visited a market and a hospital, and one was in an outbreak zone.

Thirteen of them had hypertension and 11 had diabetes. Other chronic diseases among the deceased were renal disease, high cholesterol, lung and heart diseases, liver disease and obesity.

The 3,226 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours included 2,325 domestically-transmitted infections in 48 provinces and 19 imported cases.

Of the domestic cases, 1,142 were confirmed at hospitals and 1,183 through mass testing.

Bangkok logged the most new infections --  872 -- followed by 590 in Nonthaburi, 227 in Phetchaburi, 126 in Samut Prakan, 66 in Pathum Thani, 54 in Narathiwat, 49 in Samut Sakhon, 34 in Chon Buri, 29 in Ayutthaya and 25 each in Surat Thani and Ratchaburi.

“The total number of cases in Bangkok from April 1 to May 25 is 35,567 and the daily increment is still rising,” Dr Apisamai said.

Fifty-seven provinces recorded fewer than 10 new cases each over the past 24 hours.

Twenty-nine provinces were free of new Covid-19 cases in the same period. They were Chiang Mai, Sa Kaeo, Phatthalung, Phitsanulok, Lamphun, Ang Thong, Surin, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Phanom, Trat, Sakon Nakhon, Sukhothai, Chumphon, Kalasin, Sing Buri, Phayao, Loei, Phrae, Uttaradit, Chai Nat, Nong Khai, Phangnga, Amnat Charoen, Mae Hong Son, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Mukdahan, Uthai Thani, Bung Kan and Satun.

Three of the 19 imported cases arrived from India (three Thai returnees). The others arrived from Saudi Arabia (7), Malaysia (4) and Cambodia (2), along with one each from Egypt, Indonesia and the United States (1).

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 442,798 in 24 hours to 167.98 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 8,865 to 3.49 million.

India had 195,815 new cases for a total of 26.95 million and 3,498 new fatalities, raising the toll there to 307,249.

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