25,615 new Covid cases, 40 more deaths
A medical worker administers a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to a woman at the Thai-Japanese Youth Centre in Din Daeng district, Bangkok, on Thursday. (Photo: Bangkok Post)
Thailand registered 40 more Covid-19 fatalities and a record 25,615 new cases during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.
This compared with the 41 coronavirus-related fatalities and 24,932 new cases reported on Friday morning.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Saturday afternoon that the 40 fatalities were aged from 36 to 105 years, with the average age of 78. They were 23 men and 17 women. All were Thais.
Bangkok had three new deaths and there were five more in the adjacent provinces – two each in Nakhon Pathom and Samut Prakan and one in Nonthaburi.
The Northeast saw 10 more deaths – three each in Nakhon Ratchasima and Surin and one each in Buri Ram, Mukdahan, Nong Khai and Ubon Ratchathani.
The North reported six more fatalities – two each in Uttaradit and Chiang Mai and one each in Chiang Rai and Uthai Thani.
The South had eight more deaths – two each in Chumphon and Nakhon Si Thammarat and one each in Trang, Phangnga, Phuket and Surat Thani.
Other central plain provinces further from the capital recorded eight more cornavirus-related deaths – three in Ratchaburi, two in Chon Buri and one each in Phetchaburi, Rayong and Suphan Buri.
There were 25,260 new cases in the general population, 189 among prison inmates and 166 imported cases.
Of the local Covid-19 infections, 24,897 were confirmed at hospitals and 363 via mass testing.
Bangkok logged the most new cases at 3,234 down by 51 from 3,285 on the previous day, followed by 1,310 in Chon Buri (-109), 1,129 in Nonthaburi (+354), 1,118 in Samut Prakan (-10), 866 in Nakhon Ratchasima (+222), 813 in Nakhon Si Thammarat (-98), 793 in Nakhon Pathom (+144), 770 in Ratchaburi (+32), 698 in Phuket (+14) and 692 in Ayutthaya (+199).
The 166 imported cases included 24 from Russia, 23 from Myanmar, 13 from Singapore, eight each from Germany, Finland and France, seven each from Sweden and the United Arab Emirates and six each from Australia and the United Kingdom.
On Friday, 201,044 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals, up from 190,110 on the previous day, including 965 seriously ill patients with lung inflammation, up from 931, and 263 patients in need of ventilators, up from 254.
The 24-hour period also saw 14,641 Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals.
Vaccinations continued to progress, with 123.15 million doses administered as of Friday. 76.8% of the population have now received at one dose of the vaccine, 71.4% have received two shots and 28.8% a booster dose, according to the CCSA.
On Friday alone, 380,104 doses were administered – 91,178 as a first shot, 50,652 as a second shot and 238,274 as a booster dose.
Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 2,844,897 Covid-19 cases, including 621,462 cases this year, with 2,621,004 complete recoveries to date.
Of the 22,894 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,151 have occurred so far this year.
The highest number of Covid-related fatalities in a 24-hour period was 312 recorded on Aug 13.
Global Covid-19 cases rose by 1.61 million in 24 hours to 433.60 million. The worldwide death toll went up 8,359 to 5.95 million.
The United States had the most cases at 80.53 million, up 76,258.