The country registered 25,804 more Covid-19 cases and 87 new fatalities, the highest in the fifth and current wave, during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.
Saturday's figures did not include 16,658 positive results from antigen tests over the past 24 hours. This would raise the total to 42,462.
This compared with the 80 coronavirus-related fatalities and 27,071 new cases reported on Friday morning.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported on Saturday afternoon that the latest 87 fatalities were between the ages of two and 98 years with the average age of 70. There were 48 men and 39 women. By nationality, there were 83 Thais, one Swedish national, two Myanmar nationals and one with unknown nationality.
Bangkok reported 15 new fatalities while 10 other deaths were in adjacent provinces - four each in Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon and one each in Nakhon Pathom and Pathum Thani.
The Northeast saw 18 new deaths – four in Nakhon Ratchasima, three in Roi Et, two each in Chaiyaphum and Ubon Ratchathani and one each in Loei, Buri Ram, Udon Thani, Si Sa Ket, Kalasin, Nong Khai and Sakon Nakhon.
The North had 5 new deaths – two in Tak and one each in Phra, Kamphaeng Phet and Phayao.
The South logged 21 new fatalities – four in Surat Thani, three each in Phatthalung and Pattani, two each in Phangnga, Krabi, Satun and Songkhla and one each in Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Yala.
Other central plain provinces further from the capital saw 18 more deaths – four in Ratchaburi, three in Suphan Buri, two each in Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Saraburi and one each in Nakhon Sawan, Phetchaburi, Prachin Buri, Chon Buri and Rayong.
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There were 25,721 new cases in the general population, 57 among prison inmates and 26 imported ones.
Of the new infections in the general population, 25,559 were confirmed at hospitals and 162 via mass testing.
Bangkok continued to lead the most new cases at 3,335 up by 83 from 3,252 on the previous day, followed by 1,629 in Nakhon Si Thammarat (-88), 1,420 in Chon Buri (+164), 928 in Samut Prakan (-48), 867 in Samut Sakhon (-75), 642 in Nakhon Pathom (unchanged), 623 in Roi Et (+59), 586 in Nonthaburi (+76), 551 in Nakhon Ratchasima (+91) and 545 in Ratchaburi (-27).
The 26 imported cases came from 18 countries and included three each from Singapore and Austria and two each in France, Myanmar, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.
On Friday, 237,519 people received Covid-19 treatment (up from 230,603 on the previous day, including 1,414 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (up from 1,391) and 512 dependent on ventilators (up from 511).
The 24-hour period also saw 18,801 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.
Vaccinations continued to progress, with 127,06 million doses administered as of Friday. 78.8% of the population have now received at one dose of the vaccine, 72.0% have received two shots and 31.9% a booster dose, according to the CCSA.
On Friday alone, 269,172 doses were administered – 114,591 as a first shot, 27,394 as a second shot and 127,187 as a booster dose.
Global Covid-19 cases rose by 1.81 million in 24 hours to 468.42 million. The worldwide death toll went up 5,131 to 6.09 million.
Over the past seven days, South Korea had the most cases of 2.83 million, followed by Germany with 1.54 million cases, Vietnam with 1.23 million cases and France with 576,494 cases.
Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 3,328,973 Covid-19 cases, including 1,105,538 cases this year, with 3,947,289 complete recoveries to date.
The accumulated death toll stood at 24,162 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The highest number of Covid-related fatalities in a 24-hour period was 312 recorded on Aug 13. The highest number of cases was 27,071 on March 17.