Thailand Records Fewest Covid Infections for Seven Weeks

On Monday morning, the Public Health Minister announced that Thailand’s case toll had fallen after health officials reported 12,583 new Covid-19 cases, the fewest infections since July 21, and 132 fatalities.

The newly detected cases included 12,420 transmissions among the general population and 163 among prison inmates. Moreover, authorities reported that 16,302 Covid-19 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals on Sunday.

In a briefing yesterday afternoon, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said the 180 new deaths were aged 21-94, adding that the figure included two citizens from Myanmar and one from Japan.

Bangkok reported the highest death toll again, with 23 new fatalities. Although the case toll fell, the capital saw its districts with new infections increase to eight. The Jomthong district had the highest number, with 279 transmissions, followed by Lak Si (186), Don Muang (155), Bang Sue (140), Ratburana (116), Nong Khaem (114), Sai Mai (107), and Klong Toey (101).

But “the rise in three-digit figures is probably in connection with eased lockdown measures,” CCSA Spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin stated.

Five adjacent provinces -Nakhon Pathom, Chon Buri, Pathum Thani, Samut Sakhon, and Samut Prakan- logged another 52 deaths.

According to official data, 132,113 people received Covid-19 treatment in hospitals, field hospitals, and isolation centers. The figure included 4,096 seriously ill patients and 835 dependent on ventilators.

Thailand has treated 1,365,983 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 since the third and most intense coronavirus wave started hitting the country on April 1. The government said 1,220,732 had recovered to date.

Likewise, it has logged 1,394,756 Covid-19 cases with 1,248,377 recoveries since the pandemic began in early 2020.

During the third wave, deaths reached 14,391, totaling 14,485 since the pandemic started.

Thailand’s record Covid-19 cases number was registered on July 13, with 23,418 infections. Five days later, on August 18, it also reported its all-time high in daily fatalities, with 312.

Meanwhile, global Covid-19 cases rose to 373,175 in the last 24 hours, reaching 225,469,980 since the World Health Organization reported the first cases and declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. The global death toll also rose to 4,644,028 after 5,910 fatalities were reported yesterday.

The United States remains the country with the highest number of cases, totaling 41,853,362, after reporting 35,450 daily infections. It also has the most deaths, with 677,988, after an increase of 251 fatalities.

Covid-19 infections in Thailand drop as most East Asia and Oceania overcome the battle against Covid-19 after the most contagious strain Delta decimated many worldwide nations’ recovery efforts.

The news also comes as the government expects to implement reopening plans and ease restrictions to teach people to live with the virus in order to reactivate the country’s economy.