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Covid-19 infections will soon begin to level off and drop for most of the country – CCSA

Maya Taylor

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The government’s Covid-19 task force expects overall case numbers to level off and start dropping soon, but 10 provinces could still see rising numbers. Yesterday, Thailand reported 14,900 new infections and 26 Covid deaths, compared to 15,882 cases and 25 deaths the day before. Bangkok reported 2,892 and 10 deaths, with daily infections doubling during the first 6 weeks of the year. Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Nonthaburi and Phuket have all experienced a similar spike, leading officials to conclude these provinces may soon start to see declining infection numbers.

However, the Bangkok Post reports that the CCSA is closely monitoring 10 provinces that have not reported any significant rise in infections, meaning that for them, the surge could still be on its way. According to the report, the provinces are Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Pathum Thani, Maha Sarakham, Rayong, Roi Et, Chachoengsao, Suphan Buri, Saraburi, and Phetchaburi.

Meanwhile, at yesterday’s CCSA briefing, spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangson said the latest 26 deaths were in patients aged 45 – 99.

“All of them had underlying illnesses. 14 were unvaccinated. 2 had received 1 vaccine dose. 2 others had their second dose more than 4 months ago. 2 had already received their third dose but had not reached the time when their immunity would peak yet.”

She went on to say the outlook for the country remains positive and the infection rate is expected to stabilise and begin dropping this week. She has warned against complacency, however, pointing out that many provinces are battling a surge in cases, with 80% of infections caused by the Omicron variant and 20% being Delta. Apisamai has expressed concern that the number of patients in need of respirators is expected to rise.

“It would not be correct to conclude that Omicron is less severe.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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