New Covid cases dip back below 3,000
published : 19 Dec 2021 at 08:48
updated: 19 Dec 2021 at 15:32
writer: Online Reporters
Thailand logged 2,899 new Covid-19 cases and 22 more fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Sunday morning.
The new caseload was lower than 3,000 for only the second time since June. A slightly lower number – 2462 – was announced on Dec 14.
Of the 2,899 new cases, 2,802 were in the general population and 21 among prison inmates.
On Saturday, 4,389 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Sunday afternoon reported a jump in imported cases – 54, up from 30 announced on Saturday.
The new imports came from 17 countries led by 14 Thai returnees from Saudi Arabia, eight Thai and non-Thai travellers from each of the United Kingdom and the United States, and four Thais from Malaysia.
The CCSA said the 22 new fatalities were between the ages of 29 and 88 years old, all of them Thai nationals.
Samut Prakan, Yala and Krabi logged the most new deaths – two each. Bangkok registered one death while a single fatality was reported in each of the adjacent provinces of Pathum Thani and Nakhon Pathom.
Other central plain provinces further from the capital recorded three more deaths: one each in Phetchaburi, Lop Buri and Samut Songkhram.
The Northeast had two new fatalities, one in Buri Ram and one in Nong Bua Lam Phu.
Other provinces in the South reported four more deaths – in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phangnga, Songkhla and Satun.
The North saw four new fatalities – in Chiang Mai (3) and Tak (1).
The 2,899 new cases included 2,802 local infections and 54 imported cases.
Of the local infections, 2,759 were confirmed at hospitals and 22 via mass testing.
Bangkok had 395 new cases, followed by 197 in Chon Buri, 185 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 133 in Samut Prakan, 115 in Khon Kaen, 97 in Songkhla, 86 in Krabi, 73 in Ratchaburi, 72 in Surat Thani and 65 in Ayutthaya.
On Saturday, 41,793 people received Covid-19 tratment at hospitals, including 928 seriously ill patients and 249 dependent on ventilators.
Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 2,191,528 Covid-19 cases, with 2,128,358 complete recoveries so far.
The vast majority of the Covid cases and deaths have occurred since April 1, around when the third wave of Covid-19 began.
The death toll stood at 21,283 during the third wave and 21,377 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 557,866 in 24 hours to 274 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 5,156 to 5.3 million. The US had the most cases at 51,696,205, up 85,924, and the most deaths at 827,206, up 487.