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Thailand reported a new single-day record of more than 9,600 coronavirus cases on Monday following a discovery of new clusters at eight prisons.
“Of the cases reported today, 6,853 were in prisons,” said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesperson of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
The CCSA reported 9,635 confirmed cases and 25 related deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases found in the third wave between April 1 and May 17 to 82,219 cases and 520 deaths.
Of total number of cases in third wave, 38,951 people have already recovered.
Of the 43,268 still in hospitals, 1,226 are in critical condition including 400 on ventilators.
The Department of Corrections has on Sunday reported that after 24,357 proactive tests were conducted at eight prisons between May 1 and 16, 10,748 inmates tested positive during the period.
Five of the prisons are in Bangkok, namely the Bangkok Remand Prison, the Central Women’s Correctional Institution, Klong Prem Central Prison, Thonburi Remand Prison and Central Special Treatment Center which together accounted for 6,749 cases.
The rest are at provincial prisons in Chiang Mai (3,929), Nonthaburi (48) and Chachoengsao (22).
Of the 2,773 local cases (excluding the 6,853 cases in prisons) that were found in the past 24 hours, the highest numbers by province were 1,843 in Bangkok, followed by 155 in Samut Prakan, 146 in Pathum Thani, 129 in Nonthaburi and 53 in Samut Sakhon.
Bangkok, the hardest hit province in the third wave which started at entertainment venues in the capital and surrounding provinces since April 1, has reported on Monday that they have found 28 clusters in 19 districts so far, the CCSA said.
Of that, seven clusters have been contained, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said.
The top 10 districts that have reported the most cases in the third waves include Din Daeng, Huai Khwang, Bang Khen, Chatuchak, Lat Phrao, Bang Khae, Khlong Toei, Wang Thonglang, Watthana and Bang Kapi, respectively, BMA added.
The top five clusters that have reported the most cases include a construction workers’ camp in Lak Si, an apartment community in Din Daeng, Khlong Thom in Pom Prap Sattru Phai and a construction workers’ camp in Watthana, the CCSA added.