Thailand finds 230 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours

Thailand’s government said on Saturday that it had found 230 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Of those, 209 were local infections, 21 were found in quarantine facilities, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

One fatality, bringing the death toll to 70 people. The deceased person was a 67-year-old male who lived in Bangkok.

The second wave of the outbreak, which began in mid-December, has led to 7,443 confirmed cases between December 15 and January 16, CCSA spokesman Thaweesin Visanuyothin said.

While avoiding the term “lockdown”, the government has imposed travel restrictions in 28 highly controlled provinces including checkpoints and penalties.

Clusters and provinces

The second wave of the outbreak has reached 60 out of 77 provinces in Thailand so far.

Of the 60 provinces, 10 have reported more than 50 cases between December 15 and January 16, contributing 94 per cent of all cases found in the second wave so far. On the other hand, 38 provinces have reported fewer than 10 cases each in the same period.

The hardest-hit province continues to be Samut Sakhon, which reported 3,863 confirmed cases between December 18 and January 16. This was followed by Chonburi (644), Rayong (574), Bangkok (565), Samut Prakan (312), Chanthaburi (216) and Nonthaburi (150).

Of the 209 local infections reported on Saturday, 165 were found in Samut Sakhon, while 12 were found in Bangkok, ten in Rayong, eight in Chonburi, six in Ang Thong and four in Pathumthani.

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