[Update-1] Two more dead from Covid as weekly infection rate falls

Two more people have died from Covid-19 in Thailand in the past 24 hours bringing the death toll to 69, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

The casualties were a British national in his 70s who travelled to the country on December 5 while the other was a 55-year-old Thai man who had travelled to Chanthaburi Province over the Christmas period. Both had pre-existing conditions.

The government said that it had discovered 271 new coronavirus patients, with 259 local infections and 12 found in state quarantine.

Government spokesman Thaweesin Visanuyothin said that the rate of infections had decreased from the previous week but that the “job was not done.”

“We still need the public’s help to contain this disease and we must work together,” Thaweesin said.

Samut Sakhon and Bangkok continue to be the provinces with the most number of new infections with 208 and 14, respectively.

Thaweesin said that 7 million people have now downloaded the government’s tracing app as of Thursday. The government said this week that they want 40 million people to download the app to help fight against the virus.

Thaweesin also said the government had instructed governors to continue to fully uphold Covid-19 prevention measures in each province until the end of January.

The next evaluation of the partial lockdown orders in 28 “highly controlled” provinces will be done between January 18 and January 31.

“If the number of new cases per day continues to drop in that period then it means that the measures in the first phase are working,” he said.

He said if that is the case there would be no need to go to the second phase, which could involve stricter checkpoints, a curfew and full lockdown.

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