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Thursday Covid Update: 3,323 cases and 47 deaths

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3,323 new Covid-19 cases and a record high of 47 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. There has been a total of 112,354 infections recorded since April 1, the latest wave of Covid-19.

There are now 46,469 active cases. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 141,217 Covid-19 cases and 920 Covid-related deaths. The daily Covid death count continues to be on the rise with recorded fatalities surpassing 40 over the past few days.

Out of the new cases, 1,219 were in correctional facilities, adding to the thousands of inmates at around a dozen Thai prisons who have contracted the virus.

Bangkok continues to be the epicentre in the latest wave of infections with 41 clusters have been reported. Many clusters have been reported at construction camps, markets and crowded settlements in Bangkok. Local health officials are rolling out active case finding to quickly detect infections in high risk areas. Interprovincial travel is also being monitored.

Covid-19 variants first found in India, the UK and South Africa have been spread in Thailand during the recent wave of infections while a person in quarantine tested positive for the variant first found in Brazil. The outbreak in Bangkok nightlife districts back in April, sending Thailand into a new wave of infections, is said to be linked to the more contagious variant first found in the UK.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun, who gives the CCSA report in English says that the overall Covid-19 Situation in Thailand has plateaued and the infection rates have remained stable.

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

8 Comments

  1. @Mat I think it’s a bit odd that the numbers aren’t really increasing or decreasing, guess Thailand has flattened the curve so to speak, or better yet hit a plateau. I did however recently go to one of the private hospitals in Bangkok and it was business as usual; not overflowing with patients, so I suppose that’s the important thing.

  2. I believe that they’re testing the same 3000 people every day. Correct me if I’m wrong but it’s hard for me to believe that they can register 3000 new positive cases every day.

  3. @Matt. Yes of course that’s not an accurate figure. It’s totally meaningless unless you also publish number of tests. The important information is rate per 1,000 tests or rate per 100,000 tests. They could be testing 5,000 people and 50% are infected. Or they could be testing 200,000 which means 1% have it. All we can assume is the daily testing is about the same and hence rate of change tells us something. However, the very fact it’s more or less constantly around the 2,000 means testing rates or reporting rates are being manipulated; even if unwittingly.

  4. @Nigel. Correct. Thailand has been among the lowest testing countries in Asia, about 15,000 a day average last I checked a couple of weeks ago, vs 25,000-30,000 in Malaysia for example with less than half the population. IF they were testing as they should, the real infection numbers could possibly be multiples of what’s reported. Basically, face-saving as a driver of government policy.

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