Thailand reports increase in Covid-19 related deaths and serious cases

Thailand has reported a jump in Covid-19 related deaths, and serious cases, throughout the past week. The Public Health Ministry said this morning that there have been 2,390 more coronavirus in-patients and 29 new deaths in the past 24 hours. The numbers provided by Worldometers for today (July 24) are 2,390 new cases and 30 deaths. All the new infections reported today were transmitted inside Thailand.

Yesterday, there had been 2,578 new cases, and also 29 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the ministry. The ministry says the number of deaths and severe cases has been slowly rising over the past week. The numbers are up from Monday (July 18), when Worldometers reported 1,814 new cases and 17 new deaths.

As of yesterday, 24,702 people were receiving Covid-19 treatment, including 12,290 in hospitals. Out of patients being hospitalised, 874 were seriously ill with lung inflammation. That number has risen over the past week from 786. Last week, a doctor at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital said the number of people with lung infections made up about 8% of Covid hospitalisation. Meanwhile, the number of patients relying on ventilators went up from 349 to 409.

Thailand is seeing a so-called “mini-wave” of coronavirus infections, especially in Bangkok. While there have been reports of around 2,000 cases being reported every day, some doctors have claimed that the actual number of current infections is more like 20,000 to 30,000 per day.

Despite the world seemingly getting back to normal, the World Health Organisation is warning that the Covid pandemic is far from finished.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Worldometers

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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