Foreigners have a drink at a bar in Soi Nana, Sukhumvit, on Wednesday after city hall lifted Bangkok’s alcohol ban. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)
There have been 80 more deaths from Covid-19 and 8,148 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Friday morning.
On Thursday, 8,238 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.
This compares to the 7,982 new Covid cases and 68 deaths on Wednesday, announced on Thursday.
Since April 1, the date of the start of the third wave of Covid-19, Thailand has treated 1,922,709 Covid-19 patients, of which 1,807,304 have recovered to date.
Since the start of the pandemic early last year, there have been 1,951,572 cases of Covid-19, with 1,834,730 full recoveries to date.
The death toll stood at 19,448 in the third wave and 19,542 since the start of the pandemic.
The record 24-hour Covid-19 death toll in the kingdom was 312 on August 18. The highest number of cases was 23,418 on August 13.
Dr Sumanee Wacharasint, deputy spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), expressed concern during the afternoon briefing about the number of deaths and new infections in the South, which exceeds henceforth the other regions of the country.
Eleven southern provinces have totaled 23 of the last 80 deaths nationwide – led by six in Nakhon Si Thammarat and three each in Trang and Pattani.
Six provinces in the southern region were among the 10 provinces with the highest infection rate, with Bangkok leading the numbers with 721 cases. Songkhla had the most new transmissions in the southern region, 498 cases, followed by Pattani (498), Yala (375) Nakhon Si Thammarat (294), Narathiwat (213) and Trang (205).
There have been 15 cases imported from 10 countries, according to the CCSA – from India, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Germany, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia and the United States.
As of Thursday, 97,300 people received Covid-19 treatment in hospitals, including 2,118 critically ill patients and 461 dependent on ventilators.