New Covid cases exceed 10,000 for third day

New Covid cases exceed 10,000 for third day

Covid-19 vaccination is organised at Fashion Island shopping centre on Ram Intra Road in Khannayao district, Bangkok, last Thursday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)
Covid-19 vaccination is organised at Fashion Island shopping centre on Ram Intra Road in Khannayao district, Bangkok, last Thursday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

The country registered 12 more Covid-19 fatalities and 10,470 new cases during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Monday morning.

This compared with the 20 coronavirus-related fatalities and 10,879 new cases reported on Sunday morning.

Sumanee Wacharasin, hazard communication director of the Department of Disease Control, said in the afternoon briefing that the 12 new fatalities were between the ages of 38 and 88.

All the fatalities were elderly people with underlying diseases and 75% of them were either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, she said.

There were no new coronavirus-related deaths in Bangkok and a single fatality in each of neigbouring Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.

Other central plain provinces further from the capital recorded three more deaths – one each in Chon Buri, Lop Buri and Ang Thong.

The Northeast had two new fatalities in Nakhon Ratchasima. The South reported three more deaths in Trang, Phatthalung and Songkhla. The North saw two new fatalities in Chiang Mai.

There were 10,300 new infection cases in the general population, four among prison inmates and 166 imported cases.

Of the local Covid-19 infections, 10,255 were confirmed at hospitals and 45 via mass testing.

“New daily cases exceed 10,000 for the third consecutive day… The caseloads rise as earlier expected and the situation remain controllable. The number of severely ill patients is dropping while the fatality rate is stable,” Dr Sumanee said.

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Bangkok still had the most new cases at 1,391, followed by 962 in Samut Prakan, 545 in Chon Buri, 474 in Nonthaburi, 436 in Phuket, 274 in Nakhon Pathom, 265 in Ratchaburi, 263 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 213 in Nakhon Si Thammarat and 208 in Khon Kaen.

New clusters at schools and markets reached double digits in many provinces. There were also small clusters of people who had attended funerals, weddings and ordination ceremonies, Dr Sumanee said.

The 166 imported cases included 53 from Russia, 13 from Israel and 10 from Germany.

On Sunday 92,784 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals, including 535 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation and 102 dependent on ventilators.

The 24-hour period also saw 8,711 Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 2,507,471 Covid-19 cases, including 284,036 cases this year, with 2,392,384 complete recoveries to date.

The death toll stood at 22,303 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 605 so far this year.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 1.86 million in 24 hours to 395.88 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 6,352 to 5.75 million.

The United States had the most cases at 78.02 million, up 50,711, and the most deaths at 926,029, up 374.

“The numbers of new cases are dropping in the US and Europe but are rising in Asia, Dr Sumanee said.

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