Thailand logged 19,843 new coronavirus cases and a record 235 new Covid-19 fatalities over the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Tuesday morning.
There were 19,445 cases in the general population and 398 among prison inmates.
On Monday, 22,806 Covid-19 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals.
The Department of Disease Control reported later that the 235 new fatalities ranged from 20-100 years old, with 64% aged 60 and over. One fatality was a pregnant woman, two died at home in Bangkok and Narathiwat, and eight had no underlying diseases.
Of the new deaths, 142 either lived in or visited outbreak areas, 37 contracted the disease from acquaintances and 31 got it from family members.
Bangkok had 111 new deaths while its adjacent provinces logged 35 – Samut Sakhon (14), Nonthaburi (10), Samut Prakan (6) and Pathum Thani (5).
Southern provinces recorded 13 new fatalities – Pattani (9), Narathiwat (3) and Satun (1).
The Northeast saw 18 more deaths – Nakhon Ratchasima (3), Ubon Ratchathani (3), Nong Khai (2), Si Sa Ket (2), Khon Kaen (2), Kalasin (1), Mukdahan (1), Yasothon (1), Roi Et (1), Nong Bua Lam Phu (1) and Udon Thani (1).
The North had 27 new fatalities – Phichit (13), Tak (3), Kamphaeng Phet (2), Sukhothai (2), Uthai Thani (2), Nakhon Sawan (2), Phitsanulok (1), Phetchabun (1) and Uttaradit (1).
Central provinces saw 31 more deaths – Ayutthaya (7), Ratchaburi (6), Prachin Buri (5), Chachoengsao (4), Prachuap Khiri Khan (2), Chon Buri (2), Sa Kaeo (1), Trat (1), Nakhon Nayok (1), Phetchaburi (1) and Rayong (1).
The 19,843 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours included 19,424 local infections and 21 imported cases.
Of the local infections, 14,832 were confirmed at hospitals and 4,592 via mass testing.
Most new cases outside capital region
Greater Bangkok logged 8,867 new cases and 146 new deaths. Four southern border provinces had 717 new cases and 12 new fatalities. The 67 other provinces reported 9,840 new cases and 76 new deaths. The figures excluded data among prison inmates.
Bangkok alone had 4,226 new cases, followed by 1,639 in Samut Sakhon, 1,006 in Samut Prakan, 1,005 in Chon Buri, 959 in Nonthaburi, 528 in Pathum Thani, 509 in Nakhon Pathom, 396 in Ayutthaya, 387 in Ubon Ratchathani and 373 in Saraburi.
Samut Sakhon had three new clusters – 81 cases at a frozen chicken factory, 28 cases at a ceramics factory in Muang district and 96 cases at a security equipment company in Krathum Baen district.
Samut Prakan found a new cluster of 16 cases at a plastic packaging factory in Muang district.
Chon Buri had two new clusters – 14 cases at a cardboard factory in Si Racha district and 20 cases at an air-conditioner factory in Muang district.
Ayutthaya also found two new clusters – 26 cases at a snack factory in Uthai district and 14 cases at a medical equipment company in Sena district.
Lop Buri had a new cluster of 16 cases at a chemical product company in Tha Wung district.
The 21 imported cases were from Oman (1), Myanmar (17, including 3 illegal Myanmar migrants) and Malaysia (3 illegal returnees).
On Monday, 211,223 people received treatment for Covid-19 at hospitals. Of them, 5,450 suffered lung inflammation and 1,106 were dependent on ventilators.
Since April 1, around when the third wave of Covid-19 began, Thailand has recorded 767,088 Covid-19 patients, 550,714 of whom have so far recovered.
Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 795,951 Covid-19 cases, with 578,140 recoveries to date.
The death toll stood at 6,494 in the third wave and 6,588 from the beginning of the pandemic early last year.
The previous high of daily Covid-19 fatalities was the 212 reported on Saturday. A record high of 21,838 new cases was also reported that day.
Global Covid-19 cases rose by 522,885 in 24 hours to 204.13 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 8,034 to 4.32 million.
The United States had the most cases at 36.78 million, up 102,375, and the most deaths at 633,799, up 326. Thailand ranked 36th globally for its 795,951 accumulated cases.