8,129 new Covid cases, 19 more deaths

8,129 new Covid cases, 19 more deaths

People gather for booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine at Seacon Bangkae shopping centre in Bangkok. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)
People gather for booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine at Seacon Bangkae shopping centre in Bangkok. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

There were 19 more Covid-19 fatalities and 8,129 new cases registered during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Thursday morning.

This compared with the 12 coronavirus-related fatalities and 7,122 new cases reported on Wednesday morning.

The 19 new fatalities were between the ages of 16 and 96 years old.

Bangkok logged four new deaths while another central plains province, Prachin Buri, recorded one death.

The Northeast had seven miore deaths - in Udon Thani (3), Kalasin (2) and Khon Kaen (2).

The South reported six more deaths - in Phuket (2), Trang (1), Nakhon Si Thammarat (1), Pattani (1) and Songkhla (1).

The North saw one fatality - in Tak.

There were 7,861 new cases in the general population, 54 among prison inmates and 214 imported cases.

Of the local Covid-19 infections, 7,776 were confirmed at hospitals and 85 via mass testing.

Bangkok still had the most new cases at 1,168, followed by 688 in Samut Prakan, 445 in Chon Buri, 391 in Phuket, 274 in Khon Kaen, 272 in Nonthaburi, 254 in Pathum Thani, 225 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 205 in Samut Sakhon and 168 in Ubon Ratchathani.

On Thursday 82,734 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals (up from 81,602), including 533 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (up from 511) and 118 dependent on ventilators (up from 113).

“The health system can still deal with the caseload… Hospital beds have only 33% occupancy,” Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said while presenting updates on the Covid-19 situation on Thursday afternoon.

The 24-hour period also saw 6,978 Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 2,353,062 Covid-19 cases, including 129,627 cases this year, with 2,248,341 complete recoveries to date.

The death toll stood at 21,987 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 289 so far this year.

The kingdom’s 24-hour high of Covid-related fatalities was 312 recorded on Aug 13, 2021. The highest number of cases was 23,418 on Aug 18, 2021.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 3.45 million in 24 hours to 339.31 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 8,808 to 5.58 million.

The United States had the most cases at 69.78 million, up 701,292, and the most deaths at 880,814, up 2,368.

“New cases worldwide rose by as much as 20 million per week but new fatalities were not high. This reflects that the disease is not so severe,” Dr Taweesilp said.

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