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BANGKOK, Feb 7 --Thailand has recorded 237 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, including 202 cases in the Samut Sakhon province where the current outbreak began in mid-December last year, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 23,317.
However, no further fatalities were reported, with the death toll remaining at 79.
Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) assistant spokesperson Dr Pannapha Yongtrakul said of the 237 new cases, 225 were local transmissions and 12 were imported.
She said the 202 cases in Samut Sakhon comprised 107 cases via active case detection, while 95 were detected while seeking treatment at hospitals.
Another 17 local transmissions were recorded in Bangkok, five in the Tak province and one in Samut Songkhram.
“Over the last 24 hours, a total of 668 cases were reported to have recovered. To date, a total of 6,350 patients are still receiving treatment at hospitals and other health facilities,” she said at the COVID-19 daily briefing here today.
Pannapha said the health authorities in Samut Sakhon put two districts under ‘maximum and strict control’ zones after more than 7,000 workers in four major factories have tested positive for COVID-19.
Besides that, she said the health authorities had stepped up surveillance in western Bangkok following 54 COVID-19 cases detected through active case detection at factories in six districts.
“The authorities are also beefing up enforcement in Southern Thailand,” she said.