9,866 new Covid cases, 102 more deaths

9,866 new Covid cases, 102 more deaths

A man receives a Covid-19 jab under the Thai Ruam Jai vaccination programme at the CentralPlaza Ladprao shopping complex on Tuesday, as the highly infectious Delta variant continues to spread. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)
A man receives a Covid-19 jab under the Thai Ruam Jai vaccination programme at the CentralPlaza Ladprao shopping complex on Tuesday, as the highly infectious Delta variant continues to spread. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

There were 9,866 new Covid-19 cases and 102 more fatalities recorded during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Wednesday morning.

There were 9,821 cases in the general population and 45 among prison inmates.

The number of new cases fell slightly from the 9,869 announced on Tuesday, when the country recorded 92 more deaths.

On Tuesday, 10,115 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since April 1, when the third wave of Covid-19 began, Thailand has treated 1,638,234 Covid-19 patients, 1,514,344 of whom have recovered to date.

Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 1,667,097 Covid-19 cases, with 1,541,770 complete recoveries so far.

The death toll stood at 17,211 during the third wave and 17,305 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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

Apisamai Srirangson, a spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said in the afternoon briefing that the 102 new fatalities were aged 38 to 102 years and included three Myanmar, one Cambodian and one Dutch nationals.

Bangkok logged the most new deaths at 22 while a further 14 were reported in the adjacent provinces of Samut Prakan (8), Pathum Thani (3), Nakhon Pathom (2) and Samut Sakhon (1).

Other central plains provinces further from the capital recorded 37 more deaths – in Chon Buri (7), Ayutthaya (6), Rayong (4), Prachin Buri (4), Ang Thong (2), Prachuap Khiri Khan (2), Phetchaburi (2), Nakhon Nayok (1), Lop Buri (1), Saraburi(1), Sing Buri (1), Kanchanaburi (1), Samut Songkhram (1), Suphan Buri (1), Chanthaburi (1), Chachoengsao (1) and Trat (1).

The Northeast had 6 new fatalities – in Nakhon Ratchasima (2), Buri Ram (2) and Ubon Ratchathani (2).

The South reported 12 more deaths – in Yala (4), Krabi (2), Narathiwat (2), Satun (2), Chumphon (1) and Ranong (1).

The North saw 11 new fatalities – in Tak (5), Phitsanulok (2), Phetchabun (2), Uttaradit (1) and Sukhothai (1).

The 9,866 new cases included 9,805 local infections and 16 imported cases. Of the local infections, 8,797 were confirmed at hospitals and 1,008 via mass testing.

Bangkok had 1,208 new cases (down from 1,224), followed by 666 in Songkhla (up from 468), 602 in in Samut Prakan (up from 577), 601 in Chon Buri (up from 555), 501 in in Narathiwat (up from 461), 446 in Yala (up from 431), 379 in Rayong (up from 318), 313 in Prachin Buri (up from 179), 309 in Pattani (down from 530) and 259 in Nakhon Si Thammarat (down from 457).

“Caseloads in Songkhla surpassed those in Samut Prakan while new cases dropped satisfactorily in Bangkok. Southern provinces were in the ten provinces with the highest new daily cases,” Dr Apisamai said.

New daily cases in the southern province of Songkhla had been around 200 two weeks ago, now it was 666. Hat Yai on Wednesday reported the most cases in the province at 276, she said.

That resulted partly from the local lifestyle of people drinking morning tea, eating meals and attending religious ceremonies together, she said.

Greater Bangkok reported 2,218 new cases (down from 2,465) and 36 new deaths (down from 37). Four southern border provinces had 1,922 new cases (up from 1,890) and 6 new fatalities (up from 3), while 67 other provinces recorded 5,665 new cases (up from 5,224) and 60 new deaths (up from 52).

“New daily cases in four southern (border) provinces rise continuously,” Dr Apisamai said.

There were still new clusters of Covid-19 among medical personnel in greater Bangkok; at factories in Chanthaburi, Chon Buri and Trat; among Thai workers returning from fruit harvest in Sweden; among migrant workers in orchards of Chanthaburi; at a power plant in Chon Buri; among fishing crewmembers in Rayong and Prachuap Khiri Khan; at a military camp in Rayong; from a birthday party in Sa Kaeo; from funerals in Surin, Chanthaburi, Trat, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Pattani; and at construction camps in Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Rayong and Samut Prakan. 

However, Dr Apisamai said, daily cases in some dark-red provinces of maximum and strict control had started to drop below 100, especially in Ang Thong and Sing Buri, and the operations committee of CCSA would propose easing of disease controls in two weeks.

Meanwhile, reopened tourist provinces namely Phuket, Krabi, Phangna and Surat Thani still had enough resources to handle their local Covid-19 cases, she said.

The 16 imported cases were from Sweden (4), Japan (1), Myanmar (5), Qatar (2), the United States (1), Russia (1), Switzerland (1) and Cambodia (1).

On Tuesday 108,022 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals (down from 108,373), including 3,017 seriously ill patients (up from 3,013) and 720 dependent on ventilators (up from 701).

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 411,101 in 24 hours to 236.59 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 7,487 to 4.83 million.

The US had the most cases at 44.78 million, up 94,811 and the most deaths at 724,728, up 1,811. Thailand’s position went up by one step to 26th with by its accumulated cases of 1.67 million.

Although new daily cases remained high worldwide, new fatalities were falling thanks to increased vaccination, Dr Apisamai said.

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