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Covid UPDATE: 1,891 new infections, 21 deaths

Tim Newton



Today’s Covid-19 24 hour infections report features a new high in Covid-related deaths. 21 people have succumbed over the past 24 hour reporting period, according to the Thai Health Ministry.

1,891 new Covid infections have also been reported. Thailand’s total cases has now reached 67,044 since the start of the pandemic in Thailand in January 2020. 1,884 of those are local community cases. The rise in today’s cases bucks the trend of a slow drop in numbers over the past 3 days of reporting.

28,745 people remain in state-controlled care… 20,775 in hospitals, 7,970 in field hospitals. 829 patients are registered as “in a serious condition”, 270 on ventilators. The people that died over the past 24 hours include 9 men and 12 women, aged between 39 and 90.

In Bangkok, the number of new cases was 739.

Here’s an infographic showing the dark red, red and orange zone provinces and a quick rundown of the restrictions in each at the moment…

Covid UPDATE: 1,891 new infections, 21 deaths | News by Thaiger


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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Either the Thai C19 version is the fastest and perhaps deadliest the world has ever seen. Or there is something really wrong here. From before mostly importing the virus from returnees infected, now having more people dying per day [x10!] than it was supposed to have during the full year of 2020.

    Anyone with any idea why this is?

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    State controlled care is a human rights violation

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Basically 7,970 can’t afford expensive hospital quarantine and the rest just pays for it even though less than 1000 are considered serious cases. Amazing Thailand. Let’s take up more hospital beds with asymptomatic patients.

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    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    More testing means they will find more cases, the old numbers versus the current ones simply
    prove that there was not enough testing going on before, artificially showing low case numbers before.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Or there is something really wrong here. ….

    Anyone with any idea why this is?”

    Yes, @Ted.

    Your claim that there are “more people dying per day [x10!] than it was supposed to have during the full year of 2020.”

    61 are reported to have died of Covid in Thailand in 2020. 10 x that is 610.

    The highest daily death toll here is 21, which is rather less than 610.

    With an r (transmission) rate of near two (2) the current figures are no surprise as within only ten cycles an r rate of 2 is 896 infections from only one source.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    “Basically 7,970 can’t afford expensive hospital quarantine and the rest just pays for it …..”

    Your “expensive hospital quarantine” is free for Thais, who make up the vast majority (maybe 99%) of those in the field hospitals, @ynwaps – they’re not there because they “can’t afford” hospitals.

    “Let’s take up more hospital beds with asymptomatic patients.”

    Due to the numbers, hospital beds are no longer taken up with the asymptomatic, who are now put in field hospitals; they’re only moved to hospitals when they become symptomatic.

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    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you Simon. Still wouldn’t go to a field hospital if asymptomatic as it doesn’t make any sense.

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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