The number of new cases was below 2,000 for the second day, thanks to the lower number in Bangkok, but severe cases and death tolls were still rising throughout the country, the government said on Friday.
Thailand has found 1,583 new coronavirus cases and 15 related deaths in the past 24 hours. The daily death toll matched Wednesday’s record.
“The number [of infections] is lower today and it is something that we could be happy about but there is still a concern,” said Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
“If we look deeper, the happy picture is in Bangkok…but the numbers of severe pneumonia cases, people who required a ventilator to breathe and new deaths are still rising,” he added.
The CCSA has conducted 28,022 proactive tests at known clusters in Bangkok such as entertainment venues and markets between April 5 and 27 which resulted in the finding of 1,273 cases. They will continue to conduct proactive tests in the capital, Taweesin said.
Countrywide, there are 28,696 patients being treated at hospitals, field hospitals and hospitels (hotel beds that have been converted to hospital beds).
Of those, 871 patients are in critical condition including 250 on ventilators, up from Monday’s figures of 563 patients in critical condition and 150 people who required ventilators.
The number of people with symptoms who required hospitalization instead of field hospitals and hospitels, where people with small symptoms and asymptomatic people are being treated, is also continuing to rise.
Of the total 28,696 covid-patients, 21,407 are being treated at private and public hospitals and 7,289 are being treated field hospitals and hospitels.
On Monday, 20,461 patients were being treated at private and public hospitals and 5,306 patients at field hospitals and hospitels.
“This is why we have to introduce more restriction measures in Bangkok and five other provinces so that the number of new cases can continue to drop in order to put less strain on the medical workers and our capacity,” Taweesin said.
More Covid-restriction measures in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan will come into effect on Saturday.
This include a fine for not wearing mask in public places, no gathering of more than 20 people, no dining inside restaurants, less opening hours for convenient stores and malls, no on-site schooling and entertainment venues along with other at-risk businesses are temporary closed.
Of 1,583 cases found in the past 24 hours, 1,366 were found via tests at medical facilitates, 213 via proactive tests at known clusters and four in quarantine facilities.
Of the 1,579 local cases, the highest numbers by province were 417 in Bangkok, followed by 138 in Samut Prakan, 131 in Chonburi, 66 Chiang Mai, 50 in Nonthaburi and 48 in Samut Sakhon.
The third wave, which started at entertainment venues in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, has led to 36,290 confirmed cases and 109 deaths since April 1.
Of the 70 provinces that reported cases in the past 24 hours, 36 provinces have reported fewer than 10 cases, 30 provinces have reported between 11 and 50 cases, one has reported between 51 and 100 cases and three have reported more than 100 cases.
As of Friday, 1.08 million people have received their first dose of Covid vaccine and 335,858 have received both required doses.
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