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New Covid-19 infections fall, but critical cases rise

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: A Covid-19 patient in critical condition via Flickr

Don’t let the decrease in new daily Coronavirus cases mislead you. The number of critical Covid-19 cases and deaths are on the rise and Thailand is far from over the Coronavirus pandemic. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration put out a notice today reminding people that vigilance is still imperative and that people need to follow safety measures and should minimize unnecessary activities like holiday travelling.

The CCSA said that before we celebrate this week’s falling numbers, we need to look at the overall situation. In Bangkok and in Thailand as a whole, the number of new Covid-19 infections reported fell with the passing of each consecutive day. But at the same time, the number of critically sick Covid-19 patients have climbed on each consecutive day of the week. The number of people requiring ventilators mirrored this daily rise in numbers.

New Thai Covid-19 Cases New Bangkok Covid-19 Cases Critical Condition Covid-19 Patients Covid-19 Patients on Ventilators
Monday 628 169
Tuesday 2,174 993 695 199
Wednesday 2,001 830 786 230
Thursday 1,864 689 871 250
Friday 1,579 417

These crucial statistics point to a crisis as hospitals struggle to provide adequate care for infected patients and the need for Thailand to continue to fight the virus and avoid falling into desperate medical supply and space issues like India.

Another worrisome statistic is the 5-10% infection rate during recent mass testings. Between Apr 5 and 27 Bangkok officials tested 28,022 people and 4.54% of them tested positive for Covid-19. But yesterday, out of 7,330 people checked in mass testing, 5.17% were infected. And in the poor neighbourhoods of Klong Toey district, 9.57% of people tested for Covid-19 had the virus.

Much of the current spread can still be traced back to infections clusters in entertainment venues that proliferated across the country. 7,755 Covid-19 infections, over 6,800 of them in Bangkok, originated from these nightclubs, bars and nightlife hotspots. People travelling to their home towns and back during Songkran helped spread Covid-19 throughout the whole country. With the critical Covid-19 cases on the rise, CCSA implores people to avoid any unnecessary travel to avoid another spread.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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12 Comments

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    Slugger

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Don’t let the decrease in new daily Coronavirus cases mislead you………………into thinking we’re optimistic. After all where would you be without your daily gloom merchants?

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    ccwhatley

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    for people already sick, because of this Covid variant, many more will be more serious cases and more than before, more will die. as always, many of the sick have pre-exesting conditions… this covid variant is worse for them.
    makes sense. 🙁

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    intlbankster

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 1:35 am

    This too will pass. They did what the imf ordered them to do as are other Asian countries, now they will get “covid relief funds” and prayut can retire happily.

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    Sarah W

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:19 am

    It’s coming guys it’s definitely coming like India has get ready Thailand I’m afraid!!!

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      Thaiger

      Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:25 am

      Just a little dramatic.

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    Graham S.

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:48 am

    @Slugger – What makes me laugh is these idiots at The Thaiger pushing their Covid narative will be some of those that go bankrupt and become unemployed as advertising revenue dries up.

    Personally, I’m loving this. Watching the stupidity and panic over a virus with a 99.7% survival rate, while much of the world is now beginning to move past it.

    Thailand, you are screwed for several more years and it’s funnier than hell.

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    Ben

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:56 am

    The number of critically ill patients and deaths mirrors infections but is delayed by one to two weeks so it’s not a surprise they’re going up while infections are going down. In a week or two these numbers will also begin to decline.

    With the restrictions around the country intensifying and people staying home the curve is already bending and will go back to pre-crisis levels in a few weeks to a few months.

    Without vaccination people are at risk and should not become complacent. The virus is diabolical and can pop up with new variants anywhere and spread quietly before you realize it’s a crisis.

    Countries like the USA, UK and Israel who currently have the upper hand and are reopening should tread carefully because new variants could render current vaccines less effective which will require boosters. We all have to adapt to a new normal as COVID is here to stay.

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    Big Al

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Kenyan anti-vaccine doctor dies from Covid-19
    A Kenyan doctor who became a vociferous opponent of the Covid-19 vaccine has succumbed to the virus, weeks after saying the jab was “totally unnecessary”. ( courtesy of bbc narobi ) bet his family rejects his voodoo magic now. SUCK IT UP disbelievers.

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    funny coz its true

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:11 am

    You think people will get tested if they will be put in SQ even if asymptomatic, this is why numbers are down

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    TS

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:20 am

    and the fool on the hill covid containment mastermind just smirks. she bravely took her AZ months ago to show the public it was fine. IF you can get it. Our heroine!

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    ynwaps

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:44 am

    When can people get tested without being send to SQ? This is ridiculous I have mild covid but can not be sure that it’s not something else. Fuck you thailand

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    Manu

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    @Thaiger – answering more and more the comments? Who is? Don’t please, that kid is pathetic.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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