On Sunday, Thai authorities reported a new record of 11 coronavirus-related deaths, including a pregnant woman.
Sunday’s figure brought the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 140. Moreover, the government informed that 2,438 new cases of COVID-19 had been detected in the country, all but five transmitted locally.
Yesterday’s count brought the accumulated total of confirmed cases to 55,460 since last year.
The number of new infections recorded in the past 24 hours, ending at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, was lower than the day before. However, the count of coronavirus-related deaths broke the record for the second day in a row.
On Saturday, health officials said eight deaths had been reported.
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) explained that a 32-year-old woman in Bangkok who was 25 weeks pregnant was among the deceased. It also said that medical records of underlying diseases, such as obesity, were found in all but two of the victims.
Among all provinces, Bangkok recorded the highest number of new confirmed cases with 1,078.
Chiang Mai was the second province on the list, with 163 new infections, followed by Nonthaburi (115), Samut Prakan (77), and Chon Buri (75). Furthermore, the five imported cases were three arrivals from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt, and one from India.
The CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin stated that the third wave of coronavirus hitting Thailand right now had racked up more infections than the second outbreak last year.
Thailand faced a resurgence of cases from mid-December 2020 to March this year. However, the cluster that spread from entertainment venues earlier this month has produced 26,597 cases in 25 days, compared to 24,626 infections detected in the previous outbreak.
The new wave has also killed 46 people compared to 34 in the previous outbreak caused by a group at the Central Shrimp Market in the Muang district of Samut Sakhon.
In response to the important increase in cases, Thai authorities have decided to impose stricter preventive measures. On Sunday, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) announced that they would order citizens to wear masks if they are away from home.
Shortly after, 45 other provinces stated that they would follow the same measure.