More people recovered from Covid-19 than there were new cases each day for the past week, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Tuesday.
“Latest data shows that more and more people are recovering but what we also want to see is for the number of new infections to go further down as well, especially the numbers at known clusters in factories, markets and communities,” said Apisamai Srirangson, the CCSA’s deputy spokeswoman.
According to CCSA data, 4,774 people have recovered from Covid compared to 3,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.
The last day the country reported more new cases than recovered patients was June 8, when 2,483 people recovered compared with 2,662 new cases.
There were 38,061 Covid patients being treated at hospitals as of Tuesday compared to 49,252 on June 8.
Of the 38,061 patients still being treated, 25,022 are in field hospitals, which have are prepared for people with light or no symptoms, while the rest are in public and private hospitals, including 1,249 in critical condition of whom 365 are on ventilators.
Of the 3,000 new cases found in the past 24 hours, 1,814 were at medical facilities, 541 via pro-active tests at known clusters, 640 were found in prisons, and five were imported.
The third wave, which started at entertainment venues in Bangkok and surrounding provinces, has led to 173,401 cases and 1,391 deaths so far.
Of the 2,355 local cases (excluding the cases in prisons and imported cases), the highest numbers by province were 872 in Bangkok followed by 336 in Samut Prakan, 202 in Pathum Thani, 163 in Samut Sakhon and 88 in Nakhon Pathom.
Cases in Pathum Thani surged to more than 200 in the past 24 hours following the discovery of a new cluster at Talat Thai Market.
The market said Tuesday that the local health authority had found 86 cases of Covid at the market after 1,513 proactive tests were conducted there on June 12 and 13.
The market said it will be closed for deep cleaning between June 17 and June 19.
Of the 85 known clusters in Bangkok, 65 have reported cases in the past 14 days including 24 in worker camps, 14 at businesses and factories, 13 around markets and shopping centres, 12 in residential areas, one at a care home and one at an embassy.
Of the 53 provinces that have reported cases in the past 24 hours, four have reported more than 100 cases, six have reported 51-100 cases, 10 have reported 11-50 cases and 33 have reported 1-10 cases.
For vaccination, a total of 2.41 million Covid-vaccine were administered between June 7 and 14.
Of that, 1.99 million were first doses which means that 4.76 million people have now received at least some inoculation against the virus in Thailand since February 28.