18,892 new Covid cases, 125 more deaths

18,892 new Covid cases, 125 more deaths

A visitor wearing a face mask poses for photos among flower decorations to celebrate the Songkran festival outside the CentralWorld shopping complex in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
A visitor wearing a face mask poses for photos among flower decorations to celebrate the Songkran festival outside the CentralWorld shopping complex in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

The country registered 18,892 more Covid-19 cases and 125 new fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.

Friday’s figures did not include 8,858 positive results from antigen tests over the past 24 hours. This would raise the total to 27,750.

This compared with 20,289 new cases and the 119 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Friday morning.

As of Friday, a total of 221,452 people (down from 224,905 on the previous day) were receiving Covid-19 treatment, including 59,899 in hospitals. The remainder were in hospitel facilities (53,778) or in home/community isolation (107,158), according to the daily update posted by the Department of Disease Control.

Of those in hospitals, 2,062 were seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (up from 2,024 previous day) and 867 dependent on ventilators (down from 872).

Of the seriously ill patients, Bangkok had the most cases at 204, followed by 101 in Samut Prakan, 78 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 73 in Chon Buri and 70 in Buri Ram, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported on Saturday afternoon.

The 24-hour period also saw 22,220 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering.

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According to the CCSA, the 125 people who died were aged from 1 to 102 with the average age of 76. They were 75 men and 50 women. By nationality, 122 were Thais, and one each was from Germany, Cambodia and Finland. 

There were 18,799 new cases in the general population, 11 among prison inmates and 82 imported ones.

Of the new infections in the general population, 18,759 were confirmed at hospitals and 40 via mass testing.

Bangkok continued to lead the most daily cases at 3,015, down 95 from 3,110 announced the previous day, followed by 765 in Chon Buri, 645 in Samut Prakan, 632 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 546 in Samut Sakhon, 507 in Buri Ram, 450 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 435 in Ubon Ratchathani, 420 in Kanchanaburi and 412 in Roi Et.

The 82 imported cases came from 21 countries. They included 14 from the United Kingdom, 12 from Saudi Arabia, nine from Singapore and four each from Cambodia, Australia and Germany. 

Vaccinations continued to progress, with 131.65 million doses administered as of Friday. The CCSA said 80.5% of the population have now received one dose of the vaccine, 72.8% have received two shots and 35.9% have got a booster shot.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 4,012,184 Covid-19 cases, including 1,788,749 cases this year, with 3,763,978 complete recoveries to date.

The accumulated death toll stood at 26,754 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 26,660 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 699,300 in 24 hours to 503.84 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 2,270 to 6.22 million. Over the past seven days, South Korea had the most cases -1.12 million - followed by France with 874,760, Germany with 831, 443, Italy with 421,166 and Japan with 349,629.

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