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By Linda Khoo Hui Li
BANGKOK, May 9 -- Thailand recorded 2,101 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths over the last 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 83,375 and 399 fatalities since the pandemic first appeared in the kingdom in January last year.
Of the 2,101 new cases, Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said 2,086 were local transmission and 15 imported cases including two arrivals from Malaysia.
He said Bangkok topped the list with highest number of cases at 980, followed by Nonthaburi (221) and Samut Prakan (108).
The new fatalities involved nine females and eight males aged between 34 and 99 years old including eight from Bangkok and three from Samut Prakan.
“The number of patients in serious condition has risen (from 1,138) to 1,442, with 394 on ventilator,” he said at COVID-19 daily briefing here today.
Meanwhile, Taweesin said to date a total of 512 medical personnel were infected with COVID-19 including 137 in Bangkok.
“A total of 202 medical personnel contracted the virus while on duty,” he said.
Meanwhile, Thailand is to step up enforcement including setting up checkpoints along the border to prevent illegal crossing to halt the spread of COVID-19 following reports that migrant workers have been returning to Thailand.
Bangkok Post reported that Interior Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Chatchai Promlert has instructed provincial governors in border provinces to tighten controls of illegal entrants and movements of migrant workers.
He added that all governors were also instructed to work with relevant agencies to inspect factories, establishments and dormitories for illegal entrants.
“Government officers who aid and abet illegal entries might face disciplinary or criminal punishment,” he said.
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