Fewest new Covid cases for 7 weeks

Fewest new Covid cases for 7 weeks

A health worker takes a swab for Covid-19 testing from a baby at Sammakeesongkroh School in Klong Toey district, Bangkok, on Sunday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
A health worker takes a swab for Covid-19 testing from a baby at Sammakeesongkroh School in Klong Toey district, Bangkok, on Sunday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

Thailand logged 12,583 new Covid-19 cases -- the fewest since July 21 -- and 132 more fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Monday morning.

There were 12,420 cases in the general population and 163 among prison inmates.

On Sunday, 16,304 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said in the afternoon briefing that the 180 new fatalities were between the ages of 21 and 94 years old, and included two Myanmar and one Japanese nationals.

Bangkok continued to log the most new deaths -- 23 -- while a further 52 were reported in the five adjacent provinces of Chon Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon.

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Bangkok logged 3,239 new cases on Sunday, followed by 650 in Chon Buri, 647 in Rayong, 468 in Nonthaburi, 443 in Samut Prakan and 407 in Samut Sakhon, according to the CCSA.

Although the overall number of new cases continued to decline, including in Bangkok, the number of districts in the capital with three-digit new infections rose to eight.

Jomthong district again recorded the highest number of cases in the capital -- 279 -- followed by Lak Si (186), Don Muang (155), Bang Sue (140), Ratburana (116), Nong Khaem (114), Sai Mai (107) and Klong Toey (101).

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the rising trend in some districts could be linked to the government's decision to ease restrictions, prompting people to flock to shopping arcades, restaurants and other popular places. "The rise in three-digit figures is probably in connection with eased lockdown measures," he said.

The country imported 11 cases -- seven from Malaysia, three from Cambodia and one from Qatar.

On Sunday 132,113 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals, field hospitals and isolation centres, including 4,096 seriously ill patients and 835 dependent on ventilators.

Since April 1, when the third wave of Covid-19 began, Thailand has treated 1,365,893 Covid-19 patients, 1,220,732 of whom have recovered to date.

Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 1,394,756 Covid-19 cases, with 1,248,377 complete recoveries so far.

The death toll stood at 14,391 during the third wave and 14,485 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The kingdom’s all-time 24-hour high of Covid-19 fatalities was 312 recorded on Aug 18. The highest number of cases was 23,418 on Aug 13.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 373,175 in 24 hours to 225,469,980. The worldwide death toll went up by 5,910 to 4,644,028. The United States had the most cases at 41,853,362, up 35,450 and the most deaths at 677,988, up 251.

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