A vendor wears a protective mask to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at Bang Khu Lat market in Bang Yai district of Nonthaburi on June 18, 2022. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
The country registered 1,892 more Covid-19 cases and 22 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday morning.
That compares to 2,272 new cases and 23 coronavirus-related deaths reported as of Saturday morning.
Saturday’s figures did not include 3,499 positive antigen test results in the past 24 hours. This would bring the total to 5,391.
The confirmed cases announced on Sunday included 1,888 domestic transmissions and four imported cases. No information was given on the newcomers who tested positive.
As of Saturday, a total of 21,311 people had been treated with Covid-19, 10,358 of them in hospitals. The rest included those in hospital facilities (1,074) and in home/community isolation (9,699), according to the daily update released by the Department of Disease Control.
Of those in the hospital, 607 were critically ill with pneumonia and 294 were on ventilators.
In the 24 hours, 1,874 patients were also discharged from hospitals after recovering.
(Screenshot from https://epidemic-stats.com/coronavirus/thailand)
According to the Center for Managing the Covid-19 Situation, the 22 people who died ranged in age from 33 to 105 and had an average age of 72. All were Thai.
Bangkok recorded two new deaths, with one death each in the adjacent provinces of Samut Prakan and Pathum Thani.
Other central plain provinces farther from the capital had seven deaths – three in Nakhon Sawan, two in Suphan Buri and one each in Trat and Prachuap Khiri Khan.
The North reported three deaths, one each in Chiang Mai, Kamphaeng Phet and Phitsanulok.
There were seven new fatalities in the Northeast – three in Chaiyaphum, two in Ubon Ratchathani and one each in Kalasin and Nakhon Ratchasima.
The south had a fatality in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Vaccination continued to progress, with 139.10 million doses administered on Saturday. The government said 81.8% of the population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine, 76.2% at least two shots and 42.0% at least one booster shot.
On Saturday alone, 103,546 doses of vaccine were administered – 15,095 as a first shot, 33,291 as a second shot and 82,160 as a booster shot.
The ministry said on Saturday that despite Friday’s downgrading of the Covid-19 alert by one notch to Level 2, people with chronic illnesses and pregnant women were advised to avoid public transport and go abroad. You should avoid nightclubs and crowded places, while international participants who have not received a booster vaccination must take an ATK test upon arrival.
The cumulative Thai caseload is approaching 4.5 million
There have been 4,499,044 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began in early 2020, including 2,275,609 cases this year, with 4,447,266 full recoveries to date.
Global Covid-19 cases rose by 363,216 to 544.04 million in 24 hours. The global death toll rose by 706 to 6.34 million.
The cumulative death toll since the pandemic began is 30,467, including 8,769 so far this year.
The highest number of deaths related to Covid-19 within 24 hours was recorded on August 13, 2021 with 312. The highest number of cases was 28,379 on April 1, 2022.