Thailand’s health department warned on Tuesday that the Delta strain of covid-19 was spreading rapidly throughout Thailand with 57 more deaths and 5,420 new transmissions were found on Monday. The new cases bring the cumulative death toll to 2,333 deaths and the number of infections to 294,653.
Of the new infections, 5,383 were in the general population and 37 in prisons.
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said Bangkok again had the most deaths and new transmissions, with 33 deaths and 1,492 new cases.
The virus has also been detected in eight Thais returning from other countries – three each from Malaysia and one from Myanmar, and one each from Cambodia and one from Ethiopia, according to the CCSA.
Thailand has recorded more than 5,000 new transmissions every day since early July, with the daily death toll hovering around 50. The highest number of deaths in a single day were the 61 reported on Friday.
CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin confirmed the Department of Public Health warning of Delta’s danger, with the variant set to eclipse other strains across the country after dominating Bangkok.
The Delta variant, first discovered in India, is more contagious than other types of coronavirus.
Between June 28 and July 2, the strain accounted for 52% of new infections in Bangkok, according to ministry data. Although responsible for only 18% in the other provinces during this period, the proportion was more than double the 7% recorded from June 21 to 27.
âOther regions are following the same pattern as Bangkok,â said Dr Taweesilp.
The spokesperson advised people to wear two face masks to help avoid the Delta variant – even if they had already received two shots of the vaccine. âWe have to adapt our lives to deal with it,â he said.