The number of patients in critical condition from coronavirus infection has exceeded 200, the government said on Tuesday, adding that the number was in line with the overall surge in infection rates, which have reached more than 1,000 per day.
“As there are more cases, the number of people with a critical condition will also gradually increase and this situation will be more apparent along with the rising number of deaths,” said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
The third wave, which started at entertainment venues in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, has led to 16,322 cases and 14 deaths since April 1.
The country has been reporting more than 1,000 cases per day since April 14, including hospital admissions of 16,119 people.
Of those, 13,169 are being treated at private and public hospitals while 2,950 patients are being treated at field hospitals set up in hard-hit provinces.
Of the total 16,119 admitted people, 223 are in critical condition including 55 patients who require a ventilator to breath.
The death rate for the third wave between April 1 and 20 is at 0.09 per cent, compared to 0.14 per cent in the second wave (December 2020 to March) and 1.42 per cent in the first wave (January to December 2020).
Altogether, the virus has infected 45,185 and killed 108 people in Thailand since the pandemic began, a death rate of 0.24 per cent.
Globally, more than 3 million people have died from the virus. The World Health Organization estimates its mortality rate at 3.4 per cent.
Taweesin said the lower mortality rate shows that Thailand’s medical capacity and facilities are effective in preventing serious illnesses and death related to the coronavirus infection.
Thailand found 1,443 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
Of those, 1,328 were found via tests at medical facilitates, 113 via proactive tests at known clusters and two were found in quarantine facilities.
Of the 1,441 local cases, the highest numbers by province were 350 in Bangkok, followed by 116 in Chiang Mai, 82 in Chonburi and 60 in Samut Prakan.
Of the 16,322 cases found since April 1, a total of 6,020 had visited known entertainment venue clusters.
There are now nine major clusters around the country including entertainment venues in Bangkok and Songkhla, an event in Phuket, a football match in Nakhon Si Thammarat, entertainment venues in Chonburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Sa Kaeo and Chiang Mai, and a prison in Narathiwat.