6,736 new Covid cases, 54 more deaths

6,736 new Covid cases, 54 more deaths

A festival promoting Thai culture is taking place in Kalasin province until May 17, 2022. The event features community products from 20 northeastern provinces. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
A festival promoting Thai culture is taking place in Kalasin province until May 17, 2022. The event features community products from 20 northeastern provinces. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The country registered 54 more Covid-19 fatalities and 6,736 new cases during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.

This compared with the 56 coronavirus-related fatalities and 7,779 new cases reported on Friday morning.

The new case numbers did not include 6,651 positive results from antigen tests over the previous 24 hours, which would raise the total to 13,387.

As of Friday, a total of 73,333 people were receiving Covid-19 treatment (down from 75,864 the previous day), including 26,212 in hospitals (down from 26,826). Among the remainder, 10,962 were in field hospitals/hospitel facilities (down from 9,976) and 35,766 in home/community isolation (down from 38,658) while 393 others were not specified.

Of those in hospitals, 1,276 were seriously ill with lung inflammation (down from 1,277) and 622 were dependent on ventilators (down from 644), the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported on Saturday afternoon.

The 24-hour period also saw 9,213 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering.

Of the seriously ill patients, Bangkok had the most cases at 126, followed by 77 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 59 in Ubon Ratchathani, 47 each in Udon Thani and Suphan Buri, 38 in Khon Kaen, 37 in Nakhon Sawan, 32 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 31 in Chiang Mai and 30 in Chon Buri.

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

The CCSA said the coronavirus-related fatalities were aged from 43 to 100 years, with the average age of 81. They were 31 men and 23 women. All were Thais.

Bangkok reported seven more deaths and there were three fatalities in adjacent provinces – two in Nakhon Pathom and one in Samut Prakan.

Other provinces in the Central Plains saw 13 deaths – two each in Saraburi and Lop Buri and one each in Nakhon Sawan, Chachoengsao, Samut Songkhram, Chon Buri, Trat, Prachin Buri, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi. 

The Northeast logged 19 new deaths – five in Maha Sarakham, three in Nakhon Ratchasima, two each in Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Yasothon and Ubon Ratchathani and one each in Nong Bua Lam Phu, Surin and Amnat Charoen.

The North had nine more fatalities – five in Chiang Mai, two in Tak and one each in Sukhothai and Uttaradit.

The South reported three deaths – one each in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Phuket.

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

The new infections announced on Saturday comprised 6,721 in the general population, 13 among prison inmates and two in arrivals from other countries.

Of the new infections in the general population, 6,702 were confirmed at hospitals and 19 via mass testing. The two imported cases were from Israel and India.

Bangkok continued to report the most daily cases at 2,261, followed by 257 in Khon Kaen, 211 in Buri Ram, 208 in Chon Buri, 184 in Samut Prakan, 171 in Ubon Ratchathani, 134 in Nonthaburi, 129 in Surin, 125 in Nakhon Ratchasima and 122 in Maha Sarakham.

Vaccinations continued to progress, with 135.52 million doses administered as of Friday.  81.2% of the population have now received at one dose of the vaccine, 74.7% have received two shots and 38.9% a booster dose, according to the CCSA.

On Friday alone, 231,971 doses were administered – 29,698 as a first shot, 90,914 as a second shot and 111,359 as a booster dose.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 4,316,769 Covid-19 cases, including 2,096,504 this year, with 4,264,998 complete recoveries to date.

The accumulated death toll stood at 29,421 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 7,723 so far this year.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 547,006 in 24 hours to 520.36 million. The worldwide death toll went up  by 1,676 to 6.28 million. The United States had the most cases at 84.17 million, up 87,595.


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