70% of Bangkokians Vaccinated, Country’s Daily Cases Drop

On Tuesday, the government said Bangkok had achieved the goal of fully vaccinating 70% of its population.

According to Deputy Bangkok governor Sophon Phisutthiwong, the capital is ready to reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists starting next month, as 70% of its residents have received two Covid-19 shots.

During a teleconference with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s Center for Covid-19 Situation, Pol Lt Gen Sophon stated that 8.13 million people living in Bangkok had received the first vaccine dose as of October 18.

Also, 5.43 million or 70.63% people in the capital had been double-jabbed, he added. The provincial government is expected to have administered second doses to at least 80% of Bangkok’s population before October 30.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday morning, the Public Health Ministry said Thailand reported 9,122 new Covid-19 infections and 71 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours.

The new figures included 9,006 cases among the general population and 116 among inmates.

While the number of deaths increased from 63 logged on Monday to 73 announced on Tuesday, the daily case toll dropped from 10,111 reported the previous day.

Officials also said that 10,731 Covid-19 patients had recovered and had been discharged from hospitals.

According to official figures, 1,774,071 Covid-19 patients have been treated in hospitals, including 1,651,555 recovered.

Also, 1,802,934 Covid-19 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began early last year, with 1,678,981 recoveries and 18,407 fatalities to date.

Bangkok recorded ten new deaths, followed by three in Samut Sakhon, two in Samut Prakan, two in Pathum Thani, and two in Nakhon Pathom.

In other central plain provinces, further from the capital, 16 more deaths were recorded: Chon Buri (3), Ratchaburi (2), Prachin Buri (2), Rayong (2), Samut Songkhram (1), Phetchaburi (1), Chanthaburi (1), Kanchanaburi (1), Chachoengsao (1), Sa Kaeo (1) and Suphan Buri (1).

The Northeast logged six new fatalities, including two in Nakhon Ratchasima and one each in Udon Thani, Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram, and Si Sa Ket.

Health officials reported 21 more deaths in the southern provinces: Pattani (5), Phuket (3), Surat Thani (2), Yala (2), Chumphon (2), Ranong (2), Satun (1), Nakhon Si Thammarat (1), Trang (1), Narathiwat (1) and Phangnga (1).

In the north, authorities logged nine deaths, including two Nakhon Sawan and one each in Tak, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai, Phetchabun, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, and Uttaradit.

The latest case toll included 8,999 local infections and seven imported cases, including two from Finland and one each from the United States, Sweden, Belgium, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

Again, Bangkok had the highest number of infections, with 1,037, followed by Pattani (621), Nakhon Si Thammarat (602), Songkhla (498), Yala (455), Narathiwat (453), Chon Buri (310), Samut Prakan (299), Prachuap Khiri Khan (238) and Rayong (229).