Fewer than 100 new Covid-19 cases reported for fifth straight day

The number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the previous 24 hours was below 100 for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday.

A total of 95 cases had been identified in the latest period, said Dr Panprapha Yongtrakul, the deputy spokeswoman of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). 

Of those, 93 were local infections and two were found in quarantine facilities.

The last time the country reported more than 100 cases per day was on February 18.

The CCSA has provided a new zoning for Covid-prevention and restrictions measures, which came into effect on Monday.

However, it is up to governors to decide what measures would still be maintain or lifted within their province.

For example, the CCSA’s new orders now allow for bars to reopen throughout the country, except for Samut Sakhon, but it is still up to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) when they will allow bars to reopen in the capital.

Governors can diverge from CCSA’s orders, but only to maintain stricture measures, not more relaxation in terms of permitted activities or opening times.

With the number of new Covid-19 cases showing a sustained drop, the CCSA will no longer provide the daily press conference on the coronavirus situation in coming weekends.

Of the 93 local infections announced Tuesday, 52 were found via tests at medical facilities and 41 via proactive tests at high-risk communities, mostly in Samut Sakhon and Pathumthani.

This brings the total number of infections since the pandemic began last year to 25,599 cases. While 24,446 people have recovered from the disease, 1,070 patients are still being treated.

There was one new fatality, bringing the death toll to 83 people.

The second wave of the outbreak has led to 21,362 confirmed cases and 23 deaths since December 15. Of the total confirmed cases during the second wave, 78 per cent were found in Samut Sakhon alone.

Clusters and provinces

The second wave of the outbreak has reached 63 out of the 77 provinces in Thailand so far. Of the 63, there are now 50 provinces that have not report any new case in the past week. 

The hardest-hit province continues to be Samut Sakhon, where the second wave began, which reported 16,007 confirmed cases since 15 December.

This was followed by Bangkok (952), Chonburi (653), Rayong (584), Pathumthani (547), Samut Prakan (365), Chanthaburi (221), Nonthaburi (177), Tak (153), Ang Thong (123) and Nakhon Pathom (110), respectively.

Of the 93 local infections reported on Tuesday, 54 were found in Samut Sakhon followed by 28 in Pathumthani, three in Nonthaburi, two in Bangkok, two in Tak, two in Ang Thong and one each in Ayutthaya and Nakhon Pathom.   

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