Prison screening yields record number of Covid cases

Pro-active screenings for Covid-19 in two Bangkok prisons contributed most of the country’s record high of well over 4,000 cases identified in the past 24 hours, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Thursday.

“The proactive tests led to the new high today,” said CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin.

Thailand reported 4,887 cases in past 24 hours, including 16 imported cases.

Of the 4,871 local cases, 2,835 were found via proactive tests at the Bangkok Remand Prison and the Central Women’s Correctional Institution, 1,439 via tests at medical facilities and 597 via proactive tests at known clusters.

The Department of Corrections said they have tested all inmates and correctional officers at the two facilities over the past two weeks, which found 1,795 infected inmates at Bangkok Remand Prison and 1,040 at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution.

The department said there were 3,238 inmates at the Bangkok Remand Prison and 4,518 at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution as of May 5.

They said they are confidence that the outbreak within the two prisons will be containable as they have already prepared for such eventuality and set up quarantine areas, as well as field hospitals for asymptomatic people.

Patients with serious conditions will be moved to outside hospitals and they are asking the government for vaccines for all 380,000 inmates across the country, the Department added.

Daily numbers

The third wave, which started at entertainment venues in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, has led to 64,596 cases locally transmitted cases and 424 deaths with a mortality rate of 0.65 per cent between April 1 and May 13.

Bangkok is the hardest-hit province with a report of 22,474 cases since April 1, accounting for 35 per cent of the total cases in third wave.

Of the 2,036 local cases (excluding the 2,835 cases at the two prisons) that were found in the past 24 hours, the most were found in Bangkok with 1,069 cases followed by 194 in Samut Prakan, 105 in Pathum Thani, 78 in Nonthaburi and 73 in Surat Thani.

Of the 64,596 local cases in the 3rd wave, the highest numbers by province were 22,474 in Bangkok, followed by 4,113 in Nonthaburi, 3,932 in Chiang Mai, 3,614 in Samut Prakan and 3,545 in Chonburi.

Of the 63 provinces that have reported cases in the past 24 hours, three have reported more than 100 cases, four have reported between 51-100 cases, 11 have reported more between 11-50 cases and 45 have reported between 1-10 cases.

The current main clusters in Bangkok include:

  • Forty-one crowded communities in Khlong Toei district
  • Bon Kai community in Pathumwan
  • A construction worker camp in On Nut, Suan Luang
  • Sampeng market in Samphanthawong
  • Baan Yuan community in Dusit
  • An apartment community in Din Daeng
  • Saphan Khao Market in Maha Nak, Dusit
  • Pratunam area in Ratchathewi
  • Rama IX area in Din Daeng
  • Bobae area in Pom Prap Sattru Phai
  • Silom area in Bang Rak
  • Pak Khlong Talat and Yodpiman markets in Phra Nakhon

The top five Bangkok districts with most cases found in the third wave between April 1 and May 10 were Watthana (461 cases), Din Daeng (458), Huai Khwang (432), Khlong Toei (420) and Bang Khae (418).

The top five districts with the most cases per 100,000 population between April 1 and May 10 were Watthana (533.3 cases), Huai Khwang (520.4), Khlong Toei (414.2), Pathum Wan (400.2) and Din Daeng (381.8).   

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