Thailand finds 809 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours

The majority of coronavirus cases that are being found in Bangkok during the second wave are located in districts that are near Samut Sakhon, the government said on Thursday.

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the district with the highest rate of infection is currently Bang Khun Thian, with 81.7 cases per 100,000 people.

This is followed by Phasi Charoen (38.9), Bang Phlat (29.6), Bang Rak (29) and Thon Buri (24.3).

These districts have many factories and communities with a large number of migrant workers. They are also where the CCSA’s proactive tests are mostly being conducted, he said.

“Myanmar reported 263 cases today, and their outbreak situation is improving. We are actually reporting more local cases than them now,” he added.

Daily numbers

Thailand’s government said on Thursday that it had found 809 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

Of those, 796 were local infections and 13 were found in quarantine facilities, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the 796 local infections, 45 were found via tests at medical facilities and 751 via proactive tests at high-risk communities.

This brings the total number of infections since the pandemic began last year to 22,058 cases. While 14,798 people have recovered from the disease, 7,181 patients are still being treated.

There is no new fatality, leaving the death toll at 79 people.

The second wave of the outbreak has led to 17,821 confirmed cases, where 79 per cent (13,532) of the cases found between December 15 and February 4 were in Samut Sakhon alone. 4.7 per cent (802) were found in Bangkok, and the remaining provinces share the rest.

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 13,532 confirmed cases between December 18 and February 4.

This was followed by Bangkok (802), Chonburi (649), Rayong (580), Samut Prakan (360), Chanthaburi (221), Nonthaburi (166) and Ang Thong (113).

Of the 796 local infections reported on Thursday, 786 were found in Samut Sakhon, mostly via proactive tests (750), followed by Tak (5), Bangkok (3), Samut Songkhram (1) and Ratchaburi (1).

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