New Covid cases rebound to 23,945, death toll steady at 70

New Covid cases rebound to 23,945, death toll steady at 70

A nurse vaccinates an elderly member of the Ua Arthorn housing community in Pak Kret district of Nonthaburi on Tuesday. Aged people are being advised to get Covid-19 shots amid the sharp rise in cases tied to the Omicron variant. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
A nurse vaccinates an elderly member of the Ua Arthorn housing community in Pak Kret district of Nonthaburi on Tuesday. Aged people are being advised to get Covid-19 shots amid the sharp rise in cases tied to the Omicron variant. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

There were 70 more Covid-19 fatalities and after four days of declines, a sharply higher 23,945 confirmed new cases during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Wednesday morning.

This compared with the 70 coronavirus-related fatalities and 19,742 new cases reported on Tuesday morning.

The figures did not include 24,059 positive results from antigen tests over the past 24 hours - almost double Tuesday's figures. This would raise the total to 48,004.

The latest 70 fatalities were between the ages of 1 and 98 years and included two foreigners, from the UK and Myanmar. Twenty-one of them had renal disease.

Bangkok had two new deaths and there were six in adjacent provinces - in Samut Prakan (3), Nakhon Pathom (2) and Samut Sakhon (1).

Other central plain provinces further from the capital recorded 23 deaths - in Trat (4), Chanthaburi (3), Suphan Buri (3), Lop Buri (3), Kanchanaburi (2), Nakhon Nayok (2), Sa Kaeo (2), Rayong (2), Chon Buri (1) and Phetchaburi (1).

The Northeast reported 17 fatalities - four in Roi Et, two each in Si Sa Ket, Surin, Udon Thani, Chaiyaphum and Loei and one each in Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin and Ubon Ratchathani.

The South reported 13 deaths - four in Surat Thani, two each in Phangnga, Krabi and Pattani and one each in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon and Satun.

The North saw nine more coronavirus-related fatalities - in Tak (4), Kamphaeng Phet (3), Chiang Mai (1) and Phrae (1).

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

The 23,945 confirmed new cases included 23,742 new cases in the general population, 155 among prison inmates and 48 arrivals from other countries.

Of the new infections in the general population, 23,507 were confirmed at hospitals and 235 via mass testing.

Bangkok had the most new cases at 3,457, followed by 1,440 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 1,320 in Chon Buri, 886 in Samut Prakan, 678 in Samut Sakhon, 617 in Chachoengsao, 554 in Ratchaburi, 548 in Ayutthaya, 500 in Songkhla and 473 in Pathum Thani.

The 48 imported cases came from 27 countries and included four each from Singapore and Cambodia and three each from Myanmar, Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

On Tuesday 221,972 people received Covid-19 treatment (up from 221,436 on the previous day) – 63,380 at hospitals (up from 60,434), including 1,401 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (up from 1,390) and 507 dependent on ventilators (up from 476).

The 24-hour period also saw 23,339 Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 3,250,642 Covid-19 cases, including 1,027,207 this year, with 3,004,752 complete recoveries to date.

The death toll stood at 23,918 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 2,220 so far this year.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 1.68 million in 24 hours to 462.01 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 5,277 to 6.07 million.

Over the past seven days, South Korea had the most cases of 2.36 million, followed by Germany with 1.42 million cases, Vietnam with 1.21 million cases and France with 484,743 cases.

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