2,695 new Covid cases, 14 more deaths

The giant guardian statue, right, still wears a symbolic face mask as a reminder of personal Covid-19 prevention measures for travellers at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province last Friday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The country registered 2,695 new Covid-19 cases during the previous 24 hours, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced on Thursday, 126 more than the day before and continuing a gradual increase after two weeks of between 1,500 and 2,500 daily cases.

Daily coronavirus-related fatalities remained at 14.

Wednesday’s figures did not include 4,034 positive results from antigen tests. This would raise the total to 6,729.

Among the 2,695 new cases over the previousyuio 24 hours, there were 2,690 cases in the general population and five imported cases.

As of Wednesday, a total of 23,931 people were receiving Covid-19 treatment (up from 23,029 on the previous day), including 10,587 in hospitals (up from 10,553). Among the remainder, 1,216 were in field hospitals/hospitel facilities (up from 1,203) and 12,099 in home/community isolation (up from 11,242).

Of those in hospital, 684 were seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (up from 665) and 290 dependent on ventilators (down from 300).

“Officials are concerned about the increase in patients with lung inflammation but the situation is still within the expectation of the Ministry of Public Health because the face mask mandate was lifted and entertainment places reopened in 31 provinces early this month,” CCSA spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangson said.

The 24-hour period also saw 1,779 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering.

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

The 14 people who died were aged from 43 to 95 years.

Bangkok logged one new death and there was one new fatality in the adjacent province of Samut Prakan.

Other central plains provinces further from the capital had four new deaths in Uthai Thani, Lop Buri, Ang Thong and Sa Kaeo.

The North reported three deaths in Phrae, Chiang Mai and Kamphaeng Phet.

The Northeast saw five new fatalities – two each in Khon Kaen and one each in Yasothon, Loei and Nakhon Phanom.

The South had no new deaths.

“All of the new fatalities were vulnerable people more than 60 years old who had chronic diseases. Six of them or 43% were never vaccinated and six others had received their second vaccine dose more than three months ago,” Dr Apisamai said.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 4,522,915 Covid-19 cases, including 2,299,480 this year, with 4,468,336 complete recoveries to date.

The accumulated death toll stood at 30,648 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 8,950 so far this year.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 730,838 in 24 hours to 551.68 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 1,483 to 6.36 million.

The United States had the most cases at 89.24 million, up 100,257, and the most deaths at 1.04 million, up 326.