8,008 new Covid cases, 16 more deaths

8,008 new Covid cases, 16 more deaths

People wait for Covid-19 vaccination at MBK shopping centre in Bangkok. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)
People wait for Covid-19 vaccination at MBK shopping centre in Bangkok. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

There were 16 more Covid-19 fatalities and 8,008 new cases recorded during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Monday morning.

This compared with the 12 coronavirus-related fatalities and 8,444 new cases reported on Sunday morning.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said in the afternoon briefing that the latest 16 deaths were between the ages of 59 and 99 years.

There were two in Bangkok, nine in other central plains provinces, three in the South and two in the Northeast.

There were 7,828 new cases detected in the general population, 14 among prison inmates and 166 imported cases.

Of the local Covid-19 infections, 7,788 were confirmed at hospitals and 40 via mass testing.

Bangkok still had the most new cases at 1,298, followed by 784 in Samut Prakan, 466 in Chon Buri, 449 in Nonthaburi, 393 in Phuket, 206 in Pathum Thani, 203 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 172 in Si Sa Ket, 169 in Ubon Ratchathani and 167 in Khon Kaen.

“New cases in Bangkok tend to rise. Please take care of personal hygiene. It is a tourism pilot province, or blue zone, that will welcome visitors through the Test & Go entry scheme,” Dr Taweesilp said.

New clusters were reported at eateries in Suphan Buri (4 cases) and Udon Thani (3); healthcare centres in Bangkok (30), Chon Buri (8), Lop Buri (3), Nonthaburi (3) and Buri Ram (3); schools in Phetchaburi (19), Surin (13), Chon Buri (12), Mukdahan (7), Udon Thani (7) and Buri Ram (5); markets in Ubon Ratchathani (27), Samut Sakhon (7), Nan (22), Udon Thani (4), Khon Kaen (4) and Si Sa Ket (3); factories in Samut Prakan (8), Nakhon Phanom (21), Chachoengsao (11), Surin (6), Lop Buri (4), Chon Buri (3) and Buri Ram (3); and parlours in Phetchaburi (7) and Ayutthaya (42), he said.

“Infections at schools can occur but do not close the whole school. In the interests of the students, closures can be limited to particular classrooms or classes. Socialising helps children’s development. Clearly the disease does not cause any severe symptoms in children,” Dr Taweesilp said.

The 166 imported cases included 84 from Russia, 10 from Denmark, eight from Kazakhstan and six each from Qatar, Germany and the United States.

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

On Sunday 84,319 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals, including 528 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation and 102 dependent on ventilators.

The 24-hour period also saw 8,215 Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 2,440,542 Covid-19 cases, including 217,107 cases this year, with 2,334,050 complete recoveries to date.

The death toll stood at 22,173 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 475 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 2.11 million in 24 hours to 375.10 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 5,786 to 5.68 million.

The US had the most cases at 75.58 million, up 96,954, and the most deaths at 907,190, up 329.

“New fatalities worldwide are not so high as anticipated… The fatality rate dropped from 1.51% from 2%,” Dr Taweesilp said.

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