Bangkok's new Covid caseload hits all-time high Tuesday

Bangkok's new Covid caseload hits all-time high Tuesday

Officials man a checkpoint to enforce quarantine for construction workers to contain a cluster of Covid-19, in Pak Kret district of Nonthaburi on Monday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Officials man a checkpoint to enforce quarantine for construction workers to contain a cluster of Covid-19, in Pak Kret district of Nonthaburi on Monday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

There were 36 more Covid-19 fatalities and 4,662 new cases recorded over the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Tuesday morning.

Other than 10 prison inmates, all were in the general population and 10 among prison inmates.

On Monday, 2,793 Covid-19 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals.

Since April 1, around when the third wave of Covid-19 began, there have been 225,652 Covid-19 patients, 177,638 of whom have recovered.

Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 254,515 Covid-19 cases, 205,064 of whom recovered.

The death toll was at 1,876 in the third wave and 1,970 from the beginning of the pandemic early last year.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said in the afternoon briefing that the 36 new fatalities were 41-93 years old. Thirty-five were Thais and one was a New Zealander. Twenty of them had diabetes and three had no reported chronic disease.

Bangkok recorded 19 of the new deaths. Seven fatalities occurred in Nonthaburi, two each in Nakhon Pathom and Chiang Rai, and one each in Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Songkhla, Prachin Buri and Samut Songkhram.

The 4,662 new cases over the previous 24 hours consisted of 4,624 local infections -- in 71 provinces -- along with 28 imported cases.

Among the local infections, 3,683 were confirmed at hospitals and 941 through mass testing.

Bangkok had the most cases at 1,692 (a new record high), followed by 647 in Samut Prakan, 293 in Samut Sakhon, 185 in Nonthaburi, 182 in Songkhla, 180 in Pathum Thani, 168 in Nakhon Pathom, 146 in Chon Buri, 143 in Pattani and 89 in Yala.

“The number of new cases in greater Bangkok is rising”, Dr Taweesilp said.

While no new clusters were found in the capital, several were reported in surrounding provinces. Samut Sakhon reported a new cluster of nine cases at a cold storage factory in Muang district. Pathum Thani had a new cluster of 46 cases at a soap factory in Lam Luk Ka district. Nakhon Pathom found a new cluster of 14 cases at a tyre factory in Nakhon Chaisri district.

Rayong located a new cluster of 12 cases at a wire plant in Pluak Daeng district. Ayuthaya logged a new cluster of 11 cases at a circuit board factory in Bang Pa-in district. Phetchaburi had a new cluster of 25 cases at a company in Khao Yoi district.

Only six provinces were free of new Covid-19 cases over the previous 24 hours: Maha Sarakham, Lamphun, Trat, Yasothon, Mae Hong Son and Mukdahan.

“The number of provinces without new cases is declining,” the CCSA spokesman said.

The 28 imported cases included 26 Thai returnees from Cambodia, eight of whom crossed the border illegally. The other two flew into the country from South Africa and Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, 47,481 people were receiving treatment for Covid-19 at hospitals, including 1,846 in critical condition and 527 on ventilators.

“The number of patients at hospitals continues to raise concern while the number of seriously ill patients is increasing,” Dr Taweesilp said.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 314,265 in 24 hours to 182.19 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 6,005 to 3.94 million. The United States had the most cases at 34.51 million, up 10,754, and the most fatalities at 619,595, up 137.

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