229 Covid fatalities, 18,501 cases

229 Covid fatalities, 18,501 cases

Daily shopping in Bang Buathong district of Nonthaburi on Wednesday. Some shoppers were seen without face masks even as the Department of Health ramps up public health measures at wet markets and conducts mass testing to control Covid-19. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarawsill)
Daily shopping in Bang Buathong district of Nonthaburi on Wednesday. Some shoppers were seen without face masks even as the Department of Health ramps up public health measures at wet markets and conducts mass testing to control Covid-19. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarawsill)

There were another 229 Covid-19 fatalities and 18,501 new cases recorded over the past 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Thursday morning.

There were 18,362 cases in the general population and 139 among prison inmates.

Over the past 24 hours, 20,606 Covid-19 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals.

Since April 1, around when the third wave of Covid-19 began, there have been 1,092,006 Covid-19 patients, 896,195 of whom have recovered.

Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 1,120,869 Covid-19 cases, 923,621 of whom recovered.

The death toll was at 10,220 the third wave and 10,314 since the beginning of the pandemic early last year.

The latest 229 fatalities were aged 12-97 years and included two Chinese nationals and one each fromf Myanmar, Taiwan and Singapore. Sixty-six percent of those who died were elderly, according to health officials.

The 12-year-old victim had suffered from pineal gland cancer. One patient died before hospital admission in Bangkok. Five died in prisons.

Bangkok recorded the most new fatalities at 71 while its adjacent provinces had 50 – in Pathum Thani (16), Samut Sakhon (14), Samut Prakan (14), Nakhon Pathom (5), and Nonthaburi (1).

The South saw 22 new deaths – in Narathiwat (6), Pattani (6), Trang (3), Songkhla (3), Ranong (2), Yala (1), and Chumphon (1).

The Northeast reported 20 more deaths – in Surin (4), Chaiyaphum (3), Ubon Ratchathani (3), Buri Ram (3), Si Sa Ket (2), Kalasin (1), Nakhon Ratchasima (1), Maha Sarakham (1), Sakon Nakhon (1), and Bung Kan (1).

The North logged 14 more fatalities – in Tak (4), Nakhon Sawan (4), Uthai Thani (2), Chiang Rai (1), Phichit (1), Lampang (1), and Phitsanulok (1).

Central plains provinces had 52 new deaths – in Chon Buri (20), Samut Songkhram (5), Saraburi (5), Kanchanaburi (5), Rayong (4), Nakhon Nayok (4), Prachin Buri (3), Chachoengsao (2), Ayutthaya (2), Sa Kaeo (1), and Phetchaburi (1).

The 18,501 new cases included 18,350 local infections and 12 imported cases.

Bangkok had the most new cases at 4,178, followed by 1,887 in Samut Prakan, 982 in Samut Sakhon, 973 in Chon Buri, 693 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 504 in Nonthaburi, 493 in Ratchaburi, 472 in Rayong, 459 in Chachoengsao, and 432 in Buri Ram.

Greater Bangkok logged 7,958 new cases and 121 new fatalities. Four southern border provinces had 760 new cases and 16 new deaths and 67 other provinces reported 9,632 new cases and 87 new fatalities.

The 12 imported cases were from Malaysia (2 illegal returnees), Cambodia (4 returnees), Myanmar (3 including 2 illegal Myanmar migrants), Austria (1), and the United Kingdom (2).

The Slovak man, 30, who arrived from Austria, and two British visitors, 32 and 34, from the UK were tourists under the Phuket Sandbox reopening project.

On Wednesday, 186,934 patients received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals. Of these, 5,174 were seriously ill and 1,090 were dependent on ventilators.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 716,555 in 24 hours to 214.72 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 11,174 to 4.47 million.

The United States had the most cases at 39.16 million, up 171,737, and the most deaths at 649,680, up 1,287.

Thailand ranked 31st globally, up by one step from Wednesday, with 1.10 million accumulated cases.

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