25,298 new Covid cases, 98 more deaths

25,298 new Covid cases, 98 more deaths

People wait for buses to their home provinces ahead of the Songkran festival, at the Bangkok Bus Terminal on Friday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
People wait for buses to their home provinces ahead of the Songkran festival, at the Bangkok Bus Terminal on Friday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The country registered 98 more Covid-19 fatalities and 25,298 new cases during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.

Saturday’s figures did not include 22,431 positive results from antigen tests over the past 24 hours. This would raise the total to 47,729.

This compared with the 89 coronavirus-related fatalities and 25,140 new cases reported on Friday morning.

As of Friday, a total of 251,451 people (up from 248,254 on the previous day) were receiving Covid-19 treatment, including 65,240 in hospitals. The remainder were in hospitel facilities (64,591) or in home/community isolation (121,620), according to the daily update posted by the Department of Disease Control.

Of those in hospital, 1,936 were seriously ill patients with lung inflammation and 821 dependent on ventilators.

Of the seriously ill patients, Bangkok had the most cases at 234, followed by 83 in Samut Prakan, 80 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 60 in Chon Buri and 59 in Kanchanaburi, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported on Saturday afternoon.

The 24-hour period also saw 22,003 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering.

According to the CCSA, the 98 people who died were aged from 20 to 97 with the average age of 75. One was from Myanmar and the rest were Thais.

Bangkok logged 10 new deaths and there were seven in adjacent provinces — two each in Samut Prakan and Nakhon Pathom and one each in Pathum Thani, Samut Sakhon and Nonthaburi.

Other central plains provinces further from the capital had 38 deaths — six in Ratchaburi, four each in Kanchanaburi, Samut Songkhram and Suphan Buri, three in Chon Buri, two each in Trat, Sa Kaeo, Uthai Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Lop Buri and one each in Phetchaburi, Sing Buri, Saraburi, Rayong and Chanthaburi.

The North reported 19 deaths — four in Phichit, three each in Chiang Mai, Tak and Kamphaeng Phet, two each in Sukhothai and Phetchabun and one each in Phrae and Mae Hong Son.

The Northeast saw 18 new fatalities — three each in Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Nakhon Ratchasima and Ubon Ratchathani, two each in Buri Ram and Sakhon Nakhon and one each in Chaiyaphum and Maha Sarakham.

The South had six deaths — three in Songkhla and one each in Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang.

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There were 25,170 new cases in the general population, 50 among prison inmates and 78 imported ones.

Of the new infections in the general population, 24,983 were confirmed at hospitals and 187 via mass testing.

Bangkok continued to lead the most daily cases at 3,220, up 142 from 3,078 announced the previous day, followed by 1,149 in Chon Buri (-76), 823 in Samut Sakhon (+120), 817 in Samut Prakan (-39), 805 in Nonthaburi (-1), 709 in Khon Kaen (-465), 682 in Nakhon Pathom (+14), 611 in Nakhon Si Thammarat (-237), 599 in Chachoengsao (+150) and 550 in Suphan Buri (+172).

The 78 imported cases came from 20 countries. They included 18 from Cambodia, 11 from the United Kingdom, eight from Australia, seven from Singapore and four each from Norway, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

Vaccinations continued to progress, with 130.86 million doses administered as of Friday. 80.3% of the population have now received one dose of the vaccine and 72.6% have received two shots, while 35.2% have got a booster shot.

On Friday alone, 201,683 vaccine doses were administered — 42,463 as a first shot, 40,877 as a second shot and 118,343 as a booster shot.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 3,858,346 Covid-19 cases, including 1,634,911 this year, with 3,580,920 complete recoveries to date.

The accumulated death toll stood at 25,975 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 4,277 so far this year.

The highest number of Covid-related fatalities in a 24-hour period was 312 recorded on Aug 13, 2021. The highest number of cases was 28,379 on April 1, 2022.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 1.08 million in 24 hours to 497.83 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 3,633 to 6.19 million.

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