24,134 new Covid cases, 115 more deaths

24,134 new Covid cases, 115 more deaths

A woman wearing a face mask takes a selfie against the Bangkok skyline from the 314 metre-high glass skywalk on the observation deck of the King Power MahaNakhon building in Bangkok on Wednesday. (AFP photo)
A woman wearing a face mask takes a selfie against the Bangkok skyline from the 314 metre-high glass skywalk on the observation deck of the King Power MahaNakhon building in Bangkok on Wednesday. (AFP photo)

There were 24,134 more confirmed Covid-19 cases and 115 more coronavirus-related deaths during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Thursday.

This compared with the 23,015 new cases and 106 fatalities on Tuesday, reported on Wednesday. 

There were 24,009 local cases and 125 imported cases.

On Wednesday, 26,997 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

The case figures reported on Thursday did not include 19,054 positive results from antigen tests over the previous  24 hours. This would raise the total to 43,188.

As of Wednesday, a total of 229,704 people (down from 232,682 the previous day) were receiving Covid-19 treatment, including 60,555 in hospitals. The remainder includes those in hospitel facilities (57,086) or in home/community isolation (114,421), according to the daily update posted by the Department of Disease Control.

There were 1,993 seriously ill patients in hospital with lung inflammation, and 846 dependent on ventilators.

Of the seriously ill patients, Bangkok had the most cases at 250, followed by 101 in Samut Prakan, 78 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 73 in Chon Buri and 71 in Buri Ram, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported.

According to the CCSA, the 115 people who died were aged from 31 to 99 years with the average age 75. Two were from Myanmar and the rest were Thais.

Bangkok logged five new deaths and there were nine 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 30 deaths, led by four each in Kanchanaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The North reported 17 deaths, including three each in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phayao.

The Northeast reported 41 more coronavirus related fatalities, led by 14 in Roi Et.

The South had 13 deaths, including two each in Nakhon Si Thammarat Songkhla, Pattani, Satun and Phatthalung.

Bangkok continued to report the most daily cases, 3,221, followed by 1,034 in Chon Buri, 909 in Khon Kaen, 746 in Nonthaburi and 731 in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The 125 imported cases came from 27 countries. They included 19 from Australia and 13 each from Germany and Cambodia.

Vaccinations continued, with 131.60 million doses administered as of Wednesday - 80.5% of the population having been given a first dose, 72.8%  two shots and 35.9% also having received a booster shot.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 978,607 in 24 hours to 502.08 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 2,748 to 6.21 million.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 3,973,003 Covid-19 cases, including 1,749,568 cases this year, with 3,716,789 complete recoveries to date.

The accumulated death toll stood at 26,510 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 4,812 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.

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