Thailand finds 187 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours

Thailand’s government said on Monday that it had found 187 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Of those, 177 were local infections and 10 were found in quarantine facilities, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the 177 local infections, 61 were found via tests at medical facilities and 116 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 13,687 cases while 10,662 people have recovered from the disease and 2,950 patients are being treated.

Two new fatalities brought the death toll to 75 people.

One of the deceased patients was a British male, aged 61, who arrived in Thailand on December 25 before testing positive for the virus at a quarantine facility in Chonburi on December 29.   

Another deceased was a Thai female, aged 56, who lived in Samut Sakhon and she was suffering from the aftereffects of a stroke.

The second wave of the outbreak has led to 9,450 confirmed cases and 15 deaths between December 15 and January 25.

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 63 out of the 77 provinces in Thailand so far.

The hardest-hit province continues to be Samut Sakhon, which reported 5,480 confirmed cases between December 18 and January 25.

This was followed by Bangkok (700), Chonburi (648), Rayong (576), Samut Prakan (336), Chanthaburi (220), Nonthaburi (160) and Ang Thong (110).

Of the 177 local infections reported on Monday, 148 were found in Samut Sakhon, mostly via proactive tests, followed by Bangkok (22), Samut Songkhram (3), Samut Prakan (2) and Rayong (2).

Dr Apisamai Srirangsan, CCSA’s deputy spokeswoman, said there were only seven provinces that have reported confirmed coronavirus cases over the past two days, compared to 39, 30 and 24 provinces during the first, second and third week of 2021 respectively.

Of the 20 confirmed cases that were reported in Bangkok on Monday, 19 were related to two birthday parties in the capital this month, including the party of celebrity Techin “DJ Matoom” Ploypetch on January 9.

Dr Apisamai said the CCSA will step up its efforts to conduct proactive tests in 28 highly controlled provinces to determine whether the partial lockdown measures in these provinces could be eased by the end of January or not.   

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