Daily Covid deaths top 100 Sunday

Daily Covid deaths top 100 Sunday

People board an interprovincial bus on Saturday to head home for the Songkran long weekend from April 13 to 17. The government expects a Covid-19 case surge after the holiday period. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
People board an interprovincial bus on Saturday to head home for the Songkran long weekend from April 13 to 17. The government expects a Covid-19 case surge after the holiday period. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

The country registered 108 new daily Covid-19 fatalities, a record during the current Omicron-led wave but far below last year's Delta peak of 312, the Public Health Ministry announced on Sunday morning. The 24-hour new caseload remained stable, numbering 25,139.

Sunday's figures compared with the 98 coronavirus-related fatalities and 25,298 new cases reported on Saturday morning.

The latest numbers did not include 23,199 positive results from antigen tests over the prevous 24 hours. This would raise the total to 48,338.

On Saturday, 25,509 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus - slightly more than the number of new infections confirmed by PCR tests.

As of Saturday, a total of 250,973 people (down from 251,451 on the previous day) were receiving Covid-19 treatment, including 63,488 in hospitals.

The remainder were in hospitel facilities (65,057), in home/community isolation (121,752) or in unspecified treatment locations (676), according to the daily update posted by the Department of Disease Control.

Of those in hospital, 1,993 were seriously ill patients with lung inflammation and 848 dependent on ventilators.

Of the seriously ill patients, Bangkok had the most cases at 245, followed by 82 in Samut Prakan, 76 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 60 in Chon Buri and 55 in Kanchanaburi, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported on Sunday afternoon.

Vaccinations continued to progress, with 131.15 million doses administered as of Saturday, marking at least one dose for 80.4% of the population, at least two for 72.7% and at least one booster shot for 35.2%.

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

Bangkok logged 17 new deaths and there were 13 in adjacent provinces — five in Pathum Thani, three each in Samut Sakhon and Samut Prakan, and two in Nakhon Pathom.

Other central plain provinces further from the capital had 26 deaths — eight in Chon Buri, four in Phetchaburi, two each in Chachoengsai, Nakhon Sawan and Saraburi, and one each in Lop Buri, Rayong, Trat, Suphan Buri and Ratchaburi.

The North reported 10 deaths — three each in Chiang Rai and Lampang, two in Chiang Mai and one each in Uttaradit and Phitsanulok.

The Northeast saw 31 new fatalities — five each in Ubon Ratchathani and Nong Khai, four each in Roi Et, Si Sa Ket and Kalasin, three in Nakhon Ratchasima, two in Udon Thani, and one each in Loei, Buri Ram, Nakhon Phanom and Nong Bua Lam Phu.

The South had 11 deaths — two each in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phangnga and Yala and one each in Phuket, Surat Thani, Trang, Satun and Pattani.

(Screenshot from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/thailand/#graph-cases-daily)

The 25,139 new infections announced on Sunday included 24,992 in the general population and 80 among prison inmates.

The remaining 67 were detected in new arrivals from other countries, including nine from Australia, seven each from Germany, France and the United Kingdom, and five each from Myanmar and Singapore.

Of the new infections in the general population, 24,746 were confirmed at hospitals and 246 via mass testing.

Bangkok continued to lead the most daily cases at 3,108, followed by 1,290 in Chon Buri, 851 in Khon Kaen, 827 in Nakhon Si Thammarat and 795 in Samut Prakan.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 3,883,485 Covid-19 cases, including 1,660,050 cases this year, with 3,606,429 complete recoveries to date.

The accumulated death toll stood at 26,083 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 4,385 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 818,218 in 24 hours to 498 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 2,216 to 6.2 million.

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