Number of infections goes past 200,000
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Number of infections goes past 200,000

The total number of Covid-19 infections in Thailand passed 200,000 yesterday after the Public Health Ministry reported 3,000 new cases and 19 fatalities over the past 24 hours.

There were 2,360 reported infections in the general population and 640 among prison inmates.

Some 4,774 novel coronavirus patients had recovered and were discharged from hospitals during the same period.

Since April 1, around the time when the third wave began, there have been 173,401, infections, 135,292 of whom have recovered.

Since the pandemic began early last year, there have been a total of 202,264 Covid-19 infections, 162,718 of whom have recovered.

The death toll now stands at 1,485, with 1,391 having died during the third wave.

Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokeswoman, Apisamai Srirangson, said the 19 new fatalities were aged between 34-92 years old.

Eleven were male and eight female.

Bangkok had the most fatalities with 11, while Samut Prakan recorded three. Saraburi had two while there was one each in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Prachin Buri and Yala.

Ten of those who died had hypertension. Six contracted Covid-19 from family members and another three from work colleagues, from a hospital patient or from air-conditioner technicians.

The 3,000 new cases over the past 24 hours included 2,355 local infections and five imported cases.

Of the local infections, 1,814 were confirmed at hospitals and 541 via mass testing.

Bangkok logged the most cases, 872, followed by 336 in Samut Prakan, 202 in Pathum Thani and 163 in Samut Sakhon.

There were also 88 new cases in Nakhon Pathom, 76 in Ranong, 72 in Chachoengsao, 61 in Pattani, 57 in Songkhla and 56 in Nonthaburi.

Some 85 clusters have been recorded in the capital, including 96 cases among 363 workers at a construction workers' camp of the Supalai condominium project at Fai Chai intersection in Bangkok Noi district. The camp was closed and mass testing was launched there and in nearby communities, Dr Apisamai said.

The number of cases among construction workers was causing a shortage of hospital beds for male patients in Bangkok because most cases were men.

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