2,272 new Covid cases, 23 more deaths

Municipal workers clean the Pathum Thani food market in Pathum Thani province on Friday in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo: Apichit Jinakul)

The country registered 23 more Covid-19 deaths and 2,272 new cases in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday morning.

That compares to the 19 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,967 new cases reported as of Friday morning.

The new case counts did not include 3,071 positive antigen test results in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 6,072.

The new infections announced on Saturday included 2,264 in the general population, two among prison inmates and six among arrivals from other countries.

A total of 21,315 people were being treated for Covid-19 on Friday (up from 21,030 the previous day), including 10,475 in hospitals (up from 10,928). Among the remainder, 1,024 were in field hospitals or hospital facilities (out of 1,247) and 9,635 in home/community isolation (out of 8,674), while 282 others were unspecified.

Of those in the hospital, 593 were critically ill with pneumonia (out of 598) and 282 were on ventilators (out of 288).

In the 24 hours, 1,964 patients were also discharged from hospitals after recovering.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said the 19 who died were between the ages of 47 and 93 with a median age of 77. There are 14 men and nine women, all Thai.

Bangkok reported four more coronavirus-related deaths and there were no deaths in neighboring provinces.

Other provinces in the Central Plains recorded 13 deaths – five in Ratchaburi, two each in Lop Buri and Nakhon Nayok, and one each in Trat, Rayong, Samut Songkhram and Phetchaburi.

The North East had four new deaths – one each in Ubon Ratchathani, Loei, Roi Et and Yasothon.

The North saw a death in Lampang. The South also had a fatality at Chumphon.

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

Vaccination continued to progress, with 138.97 million doses administered as of Friday. 81.8% of the population have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, 76.2% at least two doses and 41.8% at least one booster dose.

On Friday alone, 63,142 vaccine doses were administered – 8,345 as a first dose, 16,548 as a second dose and 38,249 as a booster dose.

Since the pandemic began in early 2020, there have been 4,497,152 Covid-19 cases, including 2,273,717 this year, with 4,445,392 full recoveries to date.

The cumulative death toll since the pandemic began is 30,445, with 8,74745 so far this year.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 494,590 to 543.68 million in 24 hours. The global death toll rose by 1,056 to 6.33 million.

The United States had the most cases at 87.96 million, up from 81,733.

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