A sign at Wat Phasukmaneejak in Pak Kret district, Nonthaburi, announces on Wednesday that alms and other offerings cannot be brought to the main temple or to the abbot’s living quarters. It was published after monks caught Covid-19. The faithful are asked to leave the offerings outside the main building. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
There have been 31 deaths from Covid-19 and 4,108 new cases in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health reported Thursday morning.
There were 3,879 cases in the general population and 229 among inmates.
On Wednesday, 1,578 Covid-19 patients were diagnosed as cured and discharged from hospitals.
Since April 1, around the start of the third wave of Covid-19, there have been 203,784 Covid-19 patients, of which 163,929 have recovered.
Since the start of the pandemic early last year, there have been 232,647 cases of Covid-19, of which 191,355 have been cured.
The death toll was 1,681 in the third wave and 1,775 since the start of the pandemic early last year.
Apisamai Srirangson, spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said during the afternoon briefing that the 31 new deaths were between 30 and 93 years old. Sixteen were men, 22 had hypertension, one had no chronic disease, and 13 had acquired the disease from relatives.
Bangkok recorded 28 more deaths, Ayutthaya two and Lop Buri one.
The 4,108 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours included 3,865 local infections and 14 imported cases. Of the local infections, 2,835 were confirmed in hospitals and 1,030 through mass testing.
Bangkok continued to register the most new cases, 1,359, followed by 297 in Samut Prakan, 259 in Samut Sakhon, 254 in Chon Buri, 216 in Songkhla, 170 in Nonthaburi, 157 in Pathum Thani, 119 in Yala, 92 in Rayong and 91 in Nakhon Pathom.
Bangkok had 99 Covid-19 clusters in 42 of the 50 districts, with three new clusters – 164 cases in a construction workers camp on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 7 in Bang Kapi district, 126 cases in another construction camp on Soi Silom 9 in Bang Rak district and 165 cases in a helmet company in Bang Khunthian district.
Samut Sakhon had two new clusters of nine cases each at a rubber products factory and a shrimp factory in Muang district. Nonthaburi had a new cluster of 11 cases at a processed seaweed factory in Pak Kret district.
Pathum Thani had a new cluster of 39 cases, including 33 young children at Rangsit Home for Babies in Thanyaburi district. The cluster’s first case was a driver, Dr Apisamai said.
The 14 imported cases came from Cambodia (12 Thai returnees, two returning illegally), Oman and Somalia.
As of Wednesday, 39,517 people received Covid-19 treatment in hospitals. They included 1,564 seriously ill people and 445 ventilator addicts.
Global Covid-19 cases increased by 426,328 in 24 hours to 180.36 million. The worldwide death toll increased from 8,516 to 3.91 million. The United States recorded the highest number of cases with 34.45 million, up 12,942. India was second with 30.08 million cases, up 54,319.