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Wednesday Covid Update: 18,417 new cases and 297 deaths

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported 18,417 new Covid-19 cases and 297 coronavirus-related deaths today. The CCSA also reported 21,186 more recoveries over the past 24 hours. In the latest and most severe wave of Covid-19 in Thailand, first recorded on April 1, the CCSA has recorded a total of 1,073,505 cases.

There are now 189,268 people being treated for the coronavirus. The number of active cases has been on a steady decline over the past several days. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said in an earlier statement that with the overall situation improving, disease control measures could be eased in early September. But with the number of deaths still high, the prime minister says the public should still have their guard up.

Out of the new cases reported today, 146 were found in correctional facilities. In the latest wave of infections, more than 40,000 inmates have tested positive for Covid-19. The infections at Thailand’s overcrowded prisons and detention centres have been reported on a daily basis.

Other updates…

  • According to the Thai government’s news bureau, four new sub-variants of the highly transmissible Delta strain of Covid-19 were found in samples analysed by Ramathibodi Hospital.
  • The National Communicable Disease Committee will make a proposal to the CCSA to look into reopening Thailand before the end of the year, according to the government news bureau.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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