7,122 new Covid cases, 12 more deaths

7,122 new Covid cases, 12 more deaths

Members of the Social Security Fund arrive at Seacon Bangkae shopping centre in Bangkok for booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
Members of the Social Security Fund arrive at Seacon Bangkae shopping centre in Bangkok for booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

There were 12 more Covid-19 fatalities and 7,122 new cases registered during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Wednesday morning.

This compared with the 18 coronavirus-related fatalities and 6,397 new cases reported on Tuesday morning.

Apisamai Srirangson, a spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said in the afternoon briefing that the 12 latest fatalities were between 32 and 94 years old. Seven of the 12 were unvaccinated and three were inadequately vaccinated. One was bed-ridden.

Bangkok logged one more death while adjacent provinces had two fatalities - in Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan, Dr Apisamai said.

Other central plains provinces recorded two more deaths - in Rayong and Sa Kaeo.

The Northeast reported three fatalities - in Si Sa Ket (2) and Nakhon Ratchasima (1).

The South reported two more deaths - in Satun and Surat Thani.

The North had two fatalities - in Tak and Phitsanulok.

There were 6,935 new cases in the general population, 15 among prison inmates and 172 imported cases.

Of the local Covid-19 infections, 6,846 were confirmed at hospitals and 89 via mass testing.

(Screenshot from https://epidemic-stats.com/coronavirus/thailand)

Bangkok still had the most new cases at 820, followed by 601 in Samut Prakan, 506 in Chon Buri, 383 in Phuket, 319 in Nonthaburi, 313 in Khon Kaen, 250 in Pathum Thani, 185 in Samut Sakhon, 166 in Ubon Ratchathani and 156 in Rayong.

Dr Apisamai said local infections have been higher since the New Year, in line with global caseloads, "but it is a relief that the number of fatalities is not increasing”.

Since the New Year holiday, most Covid-19 clusters had occurred at eateries and entertainment venues reopened as eateries, she said.

On Thursday 81,602 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals (down from 81,952), including 511 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (down from 534) and 113 dependent on ventilators (down from 114).

The 24-hour period also saw 7,460 Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 2,344,933 Covid-19 cases, including 121,498 cases this year, with 2,241,363 complete recoveries to date.

The death toll stood at 21,968 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 270 so far this year.

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

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 3.02 million in 24 hours to 335.29 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 8,039 to 5.57 million.

The United States had the most cases at 68.77 million, up 546,714, and the most deaths at 877,240, up 1,720.

New infections and fatalities were quite high worldwide, Dr Apisamai said.

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