Daily Covid case numbers drop as new prison infections plummet

Thailand’s new coronavirus cases dropped below 2,300, mainly because of the huge drop of cases found in prisons in the past 24 hours, an official said Tuesday.

“There were only 77 cases in prisons today” across 13 facilities, said Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

He did not explain what caused the huge drop, and referred the question to Department of Corrections for more details.

The fall came after the number of new cases soared above 3,000 in the general Thai population on Monday for the first time since the pandemic. The number of new cases outside prison on Tuesday was 2,153.

According to the Department of Corrections’ data, 26,602 inmates from 13 prisons were diagnosed with Covid between April 1 and May 31.

Over the past four days, the CCSA have reported 1,294, 2,702, 1,902 and 1,953 cases in prisons between Friday and Monday until the drop to 77 on Tuesday.

The Department of Corrections has yet to release its numbers for Tuesday as they usually update their data in the evening.

The department said that of the total 26,602 infected inmates, 10,078 have already recovered and nine have died from the infection as of Monday while the rest are still being treated.

There are 142 prisons around the country and according to the Department of Corrections’ data, there are 310,830 inmates as of May 2.

Daily numbers

The CCSA reported 2,230 Covid-cases and 38 related deaths in the past 24 hours.

“Most of the cases are still being found in Bangkok Metropolitan Region which together contribute to almost half of the cases today,” Taweesin said.

This bring the total number of confirmed Covid-cases and related deaths in the third wave, which started at entertainment venues in Bangkok and surrounding provinces since April 1, to 133,159 cases and 975 deaths.

Of the 2,230 cases that were reported on Tuesday, 1,326 were found at medical facilities, 806 were found via pro-active tests at known clusters, 77 via pro-active tests inside prisons and 21 imported cases.

Of the local cases (excluding cases in prisons and imported cases) that were found in the past 24 hours, the highest numbers by province were 864 in Bangkok followed by 253 in Samut Prakan, 166 in Phetchaburi, 164 in Trang, 112 in Nonthaburi, 83 in Saraburi and 82 in Samut Sakhon.

Another 153 Covid-19 cases were found at a factory of Sri Trang Gloves Thailand and surrounding communities, bringing the Trang cluster to 300 cases. The Phetchaburi cluster at CalComp’s factory also found 145 new cases, bringing its total to 4,476 cases.

Bangkok, the hardest-hit province in the third wave, reported one new cluster in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of active clusters in the capital to 46.

Of that, 16 were found in construction-worker camps, 12 around markets and shopping centres, eight in crowded communities, seven at businesses and factories, two at care homes and one at an unnamed embassy.

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