9,172 new Covid cases, 21 more deaths

9,172 new Covid cases, 21 more deaths

People fill an auditorium at Kasetsart University, waiting to get their third or fourth dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. The university has opened its Bang Khen campus to the public for walk-in vaccination, and more than 3,000 people were inoculated there on Wednesday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)
People fill an auditorium at Kasetsart University, waiting to get their third or fourth dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. The university has opened its Bang Khen campus to the public for walk-in vaccination, and more than 3,000 people were inoculated there on Wednesday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

There were 21 more Covid-19 fatalities and 9,172 new cases reported during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Thursday morning.

This compared with the 22 coronavirus-related fatalities and 8,587 new cases reported on Wednesday morning.

Apisamai Srirangson, spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said in the afternoon briefing that the 21 most recent fatalities were aged from 38 to 92 years.

One was a 28-week pregnant woman inf Satun who was not vaccinated. In total, 11 of the deaths were people not vaccinated against Covid-19. Another had received only one dose and five others had their second dose more than four months ago.

They included one in Bangkok and three in the adjacent provinces of Samut Prakan (1) and Pathum Thani (2).

Other central plain provinces further from the capital recorded six more deaths – two in Kanchanaburi and one each in Ayutthaya, Chon Buri, Nakhon Nayok and Lop Buri.

The Northeast had five fatalities – two in Kalasin and one each in Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima and Maha Sarakham.

The South reported four more deaths - in Trang, Pattani, Songkhla and Satun.

The North saw two fatalities - in Phitsanulok and Uttaradit.

There were 8,889 new cases in the general population, 61 among prison inmates and 222 imported cases.

Of the local Covid-19 infections, 8,855 were confirmed at hospitals and 34 via mass testing.

Bangkok still had the most new cases at 1,432, followed by 854 in Samut Prakan, 399 in Chon Buri, 395 in Phuket, 324 in Nonthaburi, 194 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 193 in Maha Sarakham, 179 in Pathum Thani and 175 each in Si Sa Ket and Rayong.

“Officials are concerned about new clusters at schools in 11 provinces namely Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Yasothon, Suphan Buri, Maha Sarakham, Si Sa Ket, Bangkok, Sa Kaeo and Chon Buri. Parents may be worried but each cluster is small and the cases are in the same class. Specific classes can be closed, not the whole school,” Dr Apisamai said.

The 222 imported cases included 104 from Russia, 13 from Ukraine and 12 from India.

On Wednesday 84,413 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals (up from 83,094), including 517 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (down from 524) and 107 dependent on ventilators (up from 103).

The 24-hour period also saw 7,832 Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 2,465,723 Covid-19 cases, including 242,288 cases this year, with 2,359,082 complete recoveries to date.

The death toll stood at 22,228 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 530 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 3.02 million in 24 hours to 385.20 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 11,921 to 5.71 million.

The United States had the most cases at 76.88 million, up 302,177, and the most deaths at 917,600, up 2,990.

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