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By Linda Khoo
BANGKOK, March 4 -- Thailand recorded 54 COVID-19 new cases and one fatality over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 26,162 and 85 fatalities.
Of the 54 new cases, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said 44 were local transmissions, of which 36 cases were those seeking treatment at hospitals and eight cases through active case detection.
It said the 10 imported cases recorded included three Myanmar women who illegally entered the kingdom from Malaysia on Feb 24.
The CCSA said the single fatality in the last 24 hours involved a 63-year-old Thai man in Bangkok who had underlying health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The man was tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan 9 and on ventilator since Jan 12. His health condition worsened and he died on Feb 28.
“Of the 26,162 COVID-19 cases in Thailand, 23,353 cases were local transmissions including 14,573 cases through active case detection while 2,809 were imported cases. Thus far, a total of 25,562 patients have recovered and discharged from hospital while 515 patients remain hospitalised,” it said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Thais will celebrate the Songkran festival (Thai traditional new year) next month.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha signalled easing further the COVID-19 restrictions, saying the annual festival which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, could be celebrated with strict rules and measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
He said the cabinet would consider measures for this year’s Songkran, celebrated from April 13 to 15.
The Bangkok Post reported Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, Yuthasak Supasorn saying that the Songkran festival "has to proceed as usual".