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By Linda Khoo Hui Li
BANGKOK, May 17 -- Thailand reported 9,635 new COVID-19 cases, including 6,853 cases among inmates, and 25 deaths over the last 24 hours as the kingdom struggles to contain third wave of infections.
It is the highest daily count since the outbreak in January last year. To date, Thailand recorded 111,082 cases and 614 fatalities.
Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said health officials conducted active case detection at eight prison facilities with five in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Chachoengsao and Chiang Mai (one each) starting May 1 to May 16.
More than 24,000 inmates and officials have been tested with 10,748 testing positive for COVID-19 while another 2,235 waiting for their test results.
“Active case detection in prisons nationwide will continue,” he said at COVID-19 daily briefing here today.
Taweesin said the government will provide adequate healthcare to all prisoners and detainees in prisons nationwide.
“At present, all patients are receiving treatment at prison hospitals and field hospitals. Those in serious condition are admitted to hospitals,” he said.
Data showed prisons in Chiang Mai and Bangkok held the most infected inmates.
Of the 9,635 new cases, Taweesin said 9,626 were local transmissions including 6,853 from prison cluster and nine imported cases including four arrivals from Malaysia.
To date, he said there has been 28 active clusters in 19 districts in Bangkok.
On fatalities, he said 15 males and 10 females aged between 33 and 86 years old from Bangkok (18) and one each in Suphan Buri, Sukhothai, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Sawan and Chai Nat.
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