Daily Covid deaths hit 3-month low, govt says Sunday

Daily Covid deaths hit 3-month low, govt says Sunday

A young student has her image recorded while arriving at Pimarnvit School in Narathiwat province on Friday as in-person classes in the country resumed nationwide for a new term, after years of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (AFP photo)
A young student has her image recorded while arriving at Pimarnvit School in Narathiwat province on Friday as in-person classes in the country resumed nationwide for a new term, after years of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (AFP photo)

Thailand's daily coronavirus-releated deaths dropped from 37 to 31, the fewest since Feb 20, the Public Health Ministry said on Sunday.

Confirmed new cases fell to 4,739, down from 5,377 the previous day. However, antigen tests produced a further 5,808 positive results, which would raise the total to 10,547.

As of Saturday, a total of 55,792 people were receiving Covid-19 treatment, including 20,487 in hospitals. The remainder were in hospitel facilities (5,504) or in home/community isolation (29,526), according to the daily update posted by the Department of Disease Control.

Of those in hospital, 1,031 were seriously ill patients with lung inflammation and 509 dependent on ventilators.

Of the seriously ill patients, Bangkok had the most cases at 103, followed by 62 in Ubon Ratchathani, 55 in Suphan Buri, 53 in Nakhon Ratchasima and 41 in Chaiyaphum.

Over the previous 24 hours, 7,391 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said just five of the 4,739 new infections confirmed by PCR test on Saturday were in new arrivals from other countries - two from Sweden and one each from Denmark, Japan and Israel.

Bangkok recorded almost a third of daily cases - 1,465 - followed by 164 in Surin, 157 in Buri Ram, 156 in Ubon Ratchathani and 142 in Khon Kaen.

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

According to the CCSA, the 31 people who died were aged from 34 to 105 with an average age of 79. All were Thais.

Bangkok logged four new deaths and there were two in adjacent provinces — Nakhon Pathom and Pathum Thani.

Other central plains provinces further from the capital had five deaths in five provinces — Ayutthaya, Samut Songkhram, Rayong, Suphan Buri and Phetchaburi.

The North reported seven deaths, led by two in Nan and one each in Lamphun, Lampang, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet.

The Northeast saw 11 new fatalities — five in Nakhon Ratchasima, two in Roi Et, and one each in Khon Kaen, Si Sa Ket, Sakon Nakhon and Yasothon.

The South had two deaths in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Pattani.

75% of Thais have at least two shots

Vaccinations continued to progress, with 136.54 million doses administered as of Saturday. The government said 81.4% of the population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine, 75.2% at least two shots and 39.7% at least one booster shot.

On Saturday alone, 275,672 vaccine doses were administered — 30,162 as a first shot, 100,700 as a second shot and 144,740 as a booster shot.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 4,411,494 Covid-19 cases, including 2,188,059 cases this year, with 4,325,956 complete recoveries to date.

The accumulated death toll stood at 29,746 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 8,048 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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