Thailand finds 309 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours

Thailand’s government said on Friday that it had found 309 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Of those, 297 were local infections and 12 were found in quarantine facilities, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the 297 local infections, 80 were found via tests at medical facilities and 217 via proactive tests, mostly in Samut Sakhon, where the ongoing second wave began.

This brings the total number of infections since the pandemic began last year to 13,104 cases while 10,224 people have recovered from the disease and 2,809 patients are being treated.

There was no new recorded fatality, leaving the death toll at 71 people.

The second wave of the outbreak has led to 8,867 confirmed cases between December 15 and January 22.

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

Bangkok, one of the highly controlled provinces, had relaxed some if its partial lockdown measures to allow 13 temporarily closed venues to reopen on Friday.

Clusters and provinces

The second wave of the outbreak has reached 63 out of the 77 provinces in Thailand so far.

The hardest-hit province continues to be Samut Sakhon, which reported 5,036 confirmed cases between December 18 and January 22.

This was followed by Chonburi (648), Bangkok (648), Rayong (572), Samut Prakan (321), Chanthaburi (220), Nonthaburi (159) and Ang Thong (109).

Of the 297 local infections reported on Friday, 261 were found in Samut Sakhon followed by Bangkok (13), Pathumthani (6) and Tak (5).

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesman, said they will conduct more proactive tests at factories in Samut Sakhon next week to determine if the government will relax or tighten Covid-prevention measures in the province.

The local officials in Samut Sakhon also said they will test around 1,200 people who are living near the Central Shrimp Market who have earlier tested negative for the virus again. If they tested positive, they will be isolated.

If they find no cases from this round of proactive tests, the province will allow the market, the site where the second outbreak began, to reopen on January 26 as scheduled. If they find more cases, they will reconsider.

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