Analysis of the situation
• The average number of new COVID-19 cases reported per day has only increased by 6.7% in the past 7 days compared to the previous week. Although the average number of cases is increasing week by week, the sharp increase in cases seen in other countries due to the importation of the omicron variant COVID-19 has not been seen in Thailand. This is likely due to previously introduced public health and social measures, strong adherence to personal protective measures by members of the public and increased vaccination rates.
• Bangkok continues to report the highest daily number of COVID cases. However, the average number of new COVID-19 cases reported per day for Bangkok over the past week (1,354) is only 3% higher than the previous week (1,314).
• The average daily number of all currently “active” COVID-19 cases (83,624) over the past seven days has increased by only 1% compared to the previous week. This number reflects the overall burden of COVID19 cases on the healthcare delivery system as even those in home isolation are being actively monitored by healthcare workers • An average of 19 daily deaths have been reported in the past week, or a 21% increase over the average number for the previous week (15).
• The average daily number of severe cases of COVID-19 over the past seven days (542) represents a 0.7% decrease from the average number reported the previous week (546). The average daily number of COVID-19 cases disaggregated over the past seven days (105) represents a 9.5% decrease from the average number reported the previous week (116).
• Although Thailand is unaware of the large increase in laboratory-confirmed (PCR positive) cases seen in other countries, the widespread use of rapid antigen tests (including those available over the counter) makes it difficult to accurately track the situation. However, the decrease in the number of severe and ventilated cases in hospitals is very encouraging and may reflect the lower levels of disease thought to be associated with omicron infection • Vaccination rates against COVID- 19 in Thailand are very likely to significantly reduce the levels of illness and death caused by circulating strains of COVID-19. High vaccination rates also help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. However, vaccination rates are still low in some provinces and in some important risk groups.