11,252 new Covid cases, 141 more deaths

11,252 new Covid cases, 141 more deaths

Youngsters wait for injection with the Pfizer vaccine at Vajira Hospital in Bangkok on Tuesday. The jabs are being given to those aged 12-18 with underlying illnesses first. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Youngsters wait for injection with the Pfizer vaccine at Vajira Hospital in Bangkok on Tuesday. The jabs are being given to those aged 12-18 with underlying illnesses first. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Thailand logged 11,252 new Covid-19 cases and 141 more fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Wednesday morning.

There were 11,224 cases in the general population, 28 among prison inmates and 17 imported from other countries.

The number of new cases increased from the 10,919 announced on Tuesday when the country recorded 143 more deaths.

On Tuesday, 13,695 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Dr Chawetsan Namwat, director for emergency health hazard and disease controls, said in the afternoon briefing that the 141 new fatalities were between the ages of 21 and 99 years old, and included one Myanmar national.

Bangkok continued to log the most new deaths – 51 -- while a further 22 were reported in the adjacent provinces of Nonthaburi (8), Samut Sakhon (5), Nakhon Pathom (5) and Samut Prakan (4).

Other central plain provinces further from the capital recorded 33 more deaths – in Saraburi (4), Ayutthaya (4), Ratchaburi (3), Chon Buri (3), Chachoengsao (3), Trat (3), Prachin Buri (2), Kanchanaburi (2), Lop Buri (2), Rayong (2), Suphan Buri (1), Chanthaburi (1), Singburi (1), Ang Thong (1) and Nakhon Nayok (1).

The Northeast had nine new fatalities – in Maha Sarakham (5), Nakhon Ratchasima (2), Ubon Ratchathani (1) and Kalasin (1).

The South reported 18 more deaths – in Narathiwat (5), Phuket (5), Pattani (4), Krabi (1), Phatthalung (1), Yala (1) and Chumphon (1).

The North saw eight new fatalities – in Tak (3), Nakhon Sawan (2), Sukhothai (1), Uttaradit (1) and Phitsanulok (1).

The 11,252 new cases included 11,207 local infections and 17 imported cases.

Of the local infections, 9,816 were confirmed at hospitals and 1,391 via mass testing.

Bangkok had 2,455 new cases, followed by 910 in Samut Prakan, 715 in Chon Buri, 455 in Ratchaburi, 453 in Songkhla, 357 in Narathiwat, 271 in Prachin Buri, 263 in Nakhon Ratchasima and 257 in Pattani.

Bangkok was the only province with more than 1,000 new cases. Meanwhile, new cases dropped in many provinces in the North and the Northeast, Dr Chawetsan said.

Greater Bangkok reported 3,859 new cases and 73 new deaths. Four southern border provinces had 1,309 new cases and 10 new fatalities, while 67 other provinces recorded 6,039 new cases and 57 new deaths.

The 17 imported cases were from Russia (2), the United States (2), Japan (1), Qatar (3), the United Arab Emirates (1), Cambodia (2), Myanmar (1) and Malaysia (5).

On Tuesday 129,071 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals (down from 131,655 on the previous day), including 3,464 seriously ill patients (down from 3,548) and 753 dependent on ventilators (down from 753).

Dr Chawetsan said the new cases and the number of seriously ill patients were declining and there were enough hospital beds for them.

Since April 1, when the third wave of Covid-19 began, Thailand has treated 1,482,494 Covid-19 patients, 1,339,107 of whom have recovered to date.

Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 1,511,357 Covid-19 cases, with 1,366,533 complete recoveries so far.

The death toll stood at 15,659 during the third wave and 15,753 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 456,457 in 24 hours to 230.31 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 8,205 to 4.72 million. The United States had the most cases at 43.24 million, up 120,579, and the most deaths at 696,867, up 1,927.

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