Third Covid wave has passed its peak, government says

The third wave of Covid-19 to hit Thailand is now past its peak and the outbreak situation is stabilizing in a downward trend, the government said on Thursday.

Thailand has found 1,871 new coronavirus cases and 10 related deaths in the past 24 hours. The number of new cases represents the first drop below 2,000 since April 23.

“The peak was on April 24 and it is stabilizing downwards,” said Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The third wave, which started at entertainment venues in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, has led to 34,707 confirmed cases and 94 deaths since April 1.

The country has introduced Covid-restriction measures including the temporary shutdown of at-risk businesses after the Songkran holidays. This is contributing to drop in the daily number, Taweesin said.

He asked for businesses to continue with the work-from-home model to avoid travelling between provinces and for people to order takeaway food instead of dining in restaurants to avoid the spread of the virus.

The CCSA is introducing new zoning to implement more Covid-restriction measures in hard-hit provinces on Thursday, he added.   

Right now, the government is asking for people to avoid travelling during the hours of 21:00-04:00 in the following 13 provinces: Bangkok, Bueng Kan, Chai Nat, Nakhon Nayok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Trang and Yala.

Taweesin stressed that the movement restrictions were “not a curfew” because they are just “asking”.

Seventy-three provinces are imposing a fine of up to 20,000 baht for people who do not wear their mask in public, including Bangkok and surrounding provinces.

Military conscription has been postponed from May to July. The opening of public schools has also been postponed from May to June.

Daily numbers

Of 1,871 cases found in the past 24 hours, 1,830 were found via tests at medical facilitates, 34 via proactive tests at known clusters and seven in quarantine facilities.

Of the 1,864 local cases, the highest numbers by province were 689 in Bangkok, followed by 151 in Samut Prakan, 112 in Chonburi, 89 Chiang Mai, 81 Pathum Thani, 46 in Songkhla and 46 in Surat Thani.

There are 27,988 patients being treated at hospitals, field hospitals and hospitels (hotel beds that have been converted to hospital beds).

Of those, 21,306 are being treated at private and public hospitals and 6,682 in field hospitals and hospitels.

Of the total number of patients, 786 patients are in critical condition including 230 on ventilators.

As of Wednesday, 1.06 million people have received their first dose of Covid vaccine and 284,925 have received both required doses.

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