Cases Reach 20,000 per Day, 18.5m Vaccine Doses Administered

The Covid-19 information center revealed that 18.58 million people in Thailand had received at least one coronavirus shot as of Tuesday night.

About 28% of the population had been inoculated, and 4.08 million have received two vaccine doses. The center released their findings on Wednesday.

According to official figures, 379,271 people were vaccinated on Tuesday, with 94,363 having their second doses administered.

The government has now received 415,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the United Kingdom, the British embassy in Bangkok reported.

The shots that arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport were received by acting British Ambassador Mark Gooding, who handed them over to the Department of Disease Control’s deputy director-general Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn.

The vaccines batch is part of the 100 million shots that the UK government has pledged to donate to other countries by June 2022.

In another development, health officials reported that Thailand logged all-time highs on Wednesday, with 188 new coronavirus-related deaths and 20,200 new cases during the past 24 hours.

The previous daily record was registered last Saturday when authorities had recorded 18,912 Covid-19 cases and 178 fatalities.

The Covid-19 information center said the new cases included 20,013 cases among the general population, 19,992 local infections and 21 imported cases, and 187 among inmates.

Bangkok reported the highest infection number again, with 4,118, followed by Chon Buri (1,678), Samut Sakhon (1,294), Samut Prakan (945), Nonthaburi (908), and Chachoengsao (556).

Other provinces with new cases were Saraburi (522), Nakhon Ratchasima (456), Ubon Ratchathani (396), and Udon Thani (388).

The government also said the new deaths included 186 Thais, an Indian, and a Cambodian. All had been diagnosed with chronic diseases.

Four people died at home or on the way to the hospital to receive treatement.

Bangkok also reported 92 fatalities while surrounding provinces had 19 deaths, including 10 in Samut Prakan, five in Nonthaburi, and four in Pathum Thani.

In the southern provinces, health officials reported 27 new deaths.  Twelve were in Yala, seven in Pattani, and three in Narathiwat.

Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phangnga, Phuket and Surat Thani had one fatality each.

Northeast provinces reported 21 fatalities, the center logged 21, and four Northern provinces reported eight new deaths.