New Covid cases shoot back above 25,000 Wednesday

New Covid cases shoot back above 25,000 Wednesday

Daily cases hit 25,164, the fifth highest since the pandemic began

Nurses vaccinate children aged 6-11 years at Central Chaengwatthana shopping centre in Nonthaburi province on Tuesday. Elderly people are being urged to get Cavid-19 vaccine  booster shots ahead of the Songkran holiday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Nurses vaccinate children aged 6-11 years at Central Chaengwatthana shopping centre in Nonthaburi province on Tuesday. Elderly people are being urged to get Cavid-19 vaccine booster shots ahead of the Songkran holiday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

After four days of declines, daily Covid-19 cases bounced back above 25,000, the Public Health Ministry announced on Wednesday, with the confirmed new caseload reaching 25,164. There were 80 more coronavirus-related fatalities.

The 24-hour caseload, the fifth highest since the start of the pandemic, was 3,782 higher than Tuesday morning's figures, while deaths declined by three. 

Wednesday's Covid report did not include 26,812 positive results from antigen tests over the previous 24 hours, which would raise the total to 51,976 if they were all confirmed.

The latest 80 fatalities were between the ages of two months and 95 years and included one foreigner, a Vietnamese.

Bangkok had 12 new deaths and there were 10 in adjacent provinces - in Pathum Thani (5), Samut Sakhon (2), Samut Prakan (2) and Nakhon Pathom (1).

Other central plain provinces further from the capital recorded 22 deaths - three each in Chon Buri and Lop Buri, two each in Nakhon Sawan, Saraburi, Ratchaburi, Prachin Buri and Sa Kaeo and one each in Nakhon Nayok, Trat, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri and Ang Thong.

The Northeast had 11 fatalities - two each in Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham and Nong Khai and one each in Surin, Buri Ram, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani and Kalasin.

The South reported 16 deaths - four in Yala, three in Surat Thani, two each in Ranong and Phuket and one each in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat.

The North saw nine more coronavirus-related fatalities - three each in Phetchabun and Chiang Mai, two in Phichit and one in Sukhothai.

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

Just 48 of the 25,164 new infections were round in arrivals from other countries. The remainder - including 43 among prison inmates - were all domestic transmissions. 

Of the new cases in the general population, 24,934 were confirmed at hospitals and 139 via mass testing.

Bangkok had the most new cases at 3,378, followed by 1,434 in Chon Buri, 1,188 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 869 in Samut Prakan, 732 in Samut Sakhon, 700 in Songkhla, 646 in Nonthaburi, 605 in Chachoengsao, 575 in Ratchaburi and 547 in Buri Ram.

The 48 imported cases came from 18 countries and included 17 from Turkey, four each from Singapore and Germany, three each from the United Kingdom and Malaysia and two each from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Australia.

On Tuesday 237,128 people received Covid-19 treatment (up from 236,814 the previous day) – 63,396 at hospitals (up from 62,278), including 1,496 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (up from 1,484) and 562 dependent on ventilators (up from 532).

The 24-hour period also saw 24,770 Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 3,423,956 Covid-19 cases, including 1,200,521 this year, with 3,162,331 complete recoveries to date.

The death toll stood at 24,497 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 2,799 so far this year.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 1.68 million in 24 hours to 474.67 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 4,965 to 6.12 million.

Over the past seven days, South Korea had the most cases - 2.71 million - followed by Germany with 1.57 million, Vietnam with 1.14 million and France with 692,501.

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