On Friday, people watch the Bangkok skyline from the King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper in Bangkok. The country will open to more tourists from November 1 as the Covid-19 situation improves. (AFP photo)
Thailand has registered 9,742 new cases of Covid-19 and 74 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the public health ministry said on Saturday morning.
The number of new cases fell by 68 from 9,810 announced on Friday, but the number of new deaths increased by eight from 66.
As of Friday, 10,182 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.
Since April 1, the date of the start of the third wave of Covid-19, Thailand has treated 1,812,268 Covid-19 patients, of which 1,693,203 have recovered to date.
Since the start of the pandemic early last year, there have been 1,841,131 cases of Covid-19, with 1,720,629 complete recoveries to date.
The death toll stood at 18,605 in the third wave and 18,699 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.
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration said in the afternoon that the 74 new deaths were between one month and 98 years old. By sex, 40 were men. By nationality, 72 were Thai, one was a Myanmar national and the nationality of the other was not specified.
The one-year-old child who died was from Chiang Rai province. No existing health condition was mentioned.
Bangkok has recorded six more deaths (compared to four reported on Friday) while 11 more were recorded in two adjacent provinces – nine in Samut Prakan (+7) and two in Samut Sakhon (-1).
The North East recorded four new deaths in Surin (2), Udon Thani (1) and Maha Sarakham (1).
The North recorded 14 new deaths in Tak (4), Nakhon Sawan (4), Phitsanulok (2), Chiang Mai (2), Chiang Rai (1) and Phetchabun (1).
The South recorded 12 new deaths in Phuket (6), Yala (2), Phatthalung (2), Narathiwat (1) and Surat Thani (1).
Other provinces recorded 27 additional deaths – Prachin Buri (5), Suphan Buri (4), Chon Buri (3), Rayong (3), Ayutthaya (2), Chanthaburi (2), Samut Songkhram (1), Ratchaburi (1), Ang Thong (1), Prachuap Khiri Khan (1), Nakhon Nayok (1), Sing Buri (1), Phetchaburi (1) and Kanchanaburi (1).
Of the 9,742 new cases, 99.9% or 9,737 were local infections and five were imported cases. Of the local infections, 9,121 were confirmed in hospitals, 546 via mass testing and 70 in prisons.
The five imported cases were one from Qatar, Malaysia, Turkey, Cambodia and Myanmar. They were a 39-year-old German, a 19-year-old Nepalese, an eight-year-old Burmese schoolgirl and two Thai returnees aged 17 and 36.
Bangkok reported 935 new cases, 27 more than on Friday, followed by 695 in Songkhla (+19), 660 in Nakhon Si Thammarat (-2), 512 in Pattani (+90), 445 in Prachuap Khiri Khan (+104 ) and 434 to Yala (+2).
Greater Bangkok reported 1,527 new cases (-32) and 11 new deaths (-5). Four southern border provinces recorded 1,892 new cases (+56) and three new deaths (-11), while 67 other provinces recorded 6,248 new cases (-37) and 59 new deaths (+24).
As of Friday, 101,803 people received Covid-19 treatment in hospitals, including 2,452 critically ill patients and 560 dependent on ventilators.
As of Friday, a total of 69.9 million Covid-19 vaccines were administered in Bangkok and 76 provinces. Of these, 38.7 million shots were the first dose, 28.1 million were the second, and 2.1 million were the third.
As of Friday, 706,378 vaccine injections were given – 350,243 for the first dose, 331,864 for the second and 24,271 for the third.
Global Covid-19 cases increased by 457,709 in 24 hours to 243.73 million. The worldwide death toll has increased from 7,790 to 4.95 million.
The United States recorded the highest number of cases with 46.26 million, up from 82,483. Thailand was ranked 24th in the world with 1.84 million cases.