21,232 new Covid cases, 39 more deaths

21,232 new Covid cases, 39 more deaths

People wait to be vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Samut Prakan provincial administrative organisation offices on Tuesday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
People wait to be vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Samut Prakan provincial administrative organisation offices on Tuesday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

There were 39 more Covid-19 fatalities and 21,232 confirmed new cases during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Wednesday morning.

This compared with the 35 coronavirus-related fatalities and 18,363 new cases reported on Tuesday morning.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said in the afternoon briefing that the latest 39 fatalities were between the ages of 28 and 95 years.

“The new deaths are centred in Bangkok and the Northeast, where new cases rose,” he said.

Bangkok had nine new deaths and there were seven more in the adjacent provinces of Nakhon Pathom (2), Pathum Thani (2), Samut Prakan (2) and Samut Sakhon (1).

Other central plain provinces further from the capital recorded three more deaths - in Chachoengsao, Chon Buri and Nakhon Nayok.

The Northeast had 12 fatalities - three in Si Sa Ket, two each in Nakhon Ratchasima and Ubon Ratchathani and one each in Loei, Kalasin, Khon Kaen Chaiyaphum and Maha Sarakham.

The South reported six more - in Phuket (3), Chumphon (1), Trang (1) and Phangnga (1).

The North logged two fatalities - in Mae Hong Son and Phichit.

There were 20,904 new cases in the general population, 160 among prison inmates and 168 imported cases.

Of the local Covid-19 infections, 20,839 were confirmed at hospitals and 65 via mass testing.

Bangkok still had the most confirmed new cases on Tuesday, at 3,079, followed by 1,369 in Chon Buri, 990 in Samut Prakan, 782 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 724 in Nonthaburi, 648 in Phuket, 587 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 573 in Samut Sakhon, 481 in Rayong and 474 in Suphan Buri.

On Tuesday 173,605 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals (up from 169,074 on the previous day), including 882 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (up from 827) and 229 dependent on ventilators (up from 214).

“Of all hospital beds available for Covid-19 patients, 49.1% were occupied,” Dr Taweesilp said.

The 24-hour period also saw 16,662 Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 2,770,793 Covid-19 cases, including 547,358 cases this year, with 2,574,458 complete recoveries to date.

The death toll stood at 22,730 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 1,032 so far this year.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 1.62 million in 24 hours to 428.19 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 8,658 to 5.92 million.

The United States had the most cases at 80.27 million, up 61,863.

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