'99.7% in capital wear masks'

'99.7% in capital wear masks'

Almost all Bangkok residents now wear their face masks properly and those in the provinces are being encouraged to follow suit, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Friday.

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the CCSA, said 99.7% of people surveyed in Bangkok by the Ministry of Higher Education Science Research and Innovation's "AI Mask" project were found to wear their face covering properly.

According to the survey, which is carried out on a weekly basis, 0.26% wear face masks incorrectly and 0.02% do not observe the disease control measure. The survey is conducted in 29 districts using 6,130 people.

"Other provinces should follow the example of Bangkok," he said.

Despite the survey result, Bangkok had the highest number of new Covid-19 cases reported by the CCSA yesterday. The capital logged 3,495 new cases, down from the previous day which saw 3,736 cases.

Nationwide, Thailand logged 14,403 new Covid-19 cases and 189 more fatalities while a total of 15,610 Covid-19 patients had been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

The second-highest number of Covid-19 cases was reported in Samut Prakan (1,037), followed by 802 in Chon Buri, 678 in Samut Sakhon, 615 in Ratchaburi, 496 in Nonthaburi, 402 in Narathiwat, 399 in Prachin Buri, 393 in Rayong, and 321 in Saraburi.

Of the new fatalities, which was down from 220 the previous day, 39 had underlying health conditions and one of them died at home in Nakhon Sawan province.

Bangkok also logged the highest number of deaths at 25 (down from 43 on the previous day) while a further 42 were reported in the adjacent provinces of Samut Prakan (14), Samut Sakhon (12), Pathum Thani (10) and Nonthaburi (6).

While infections were declining, caseloads remained heavy in 29 provinces, Dr Taweesilp said.

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