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COVID: Record-high 21 fatalities in Thailand

01/05/2021 06:07 PM

BANGKOK, May 1  -- Thailand recorded 21 new COVID-19 fatalities, a new daily high since the outbreak in January last year, raising the death toll to 224 as the kingdom begins tougher restrictions today to combat a rapidly spreading third wave of infections.

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 1,891 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 67,044.

Its Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said that of the new fatalities, 12 were women. Those who died today were aged between 39 and 90 while the average time from infection to death was five days.

Of the 1,891 new cases, he said 1,884 were local infections - 1,799 were those seeking treatment at hospitals and 85 from active case detection. The remaining seven were imported cases.

“A total of 38,181 new cases and 130 deaths have been reported in the third of wave infection, which started on April 1. Over the last 24 hours, 1,821 patients have been discharged from hospitals while 28,745 are still hospitalised.

“A total of 829 patients are in critical conditions, with 270 on ventilators,” he said at the COVID-19 daily briefing today.

Starting today, Thailand is imposing tougher measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including making it compulsory for residents to wear face masks in public nationwide or face a fine of up to 20,000 baht (RM2,628).

The authorities have also banned dining in at restaurants in Bangkok and five provinces classified as highest-controlled areas. Public parks, gyms, cinemas, entertainment outlets and educational institutions are closed in these provinces.

To date, a total of 15 provinces have imposed ‘soft’ night curfew to limit movement of people.

Meanwhile, Thailand is sending a special flight to India today to fly home Thais, including three embassy officials, infected with COVID-19.

Thailand is also sending 25 oxygen machines and makeshift beds for the India Red Cross Society to cope with the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases there. 

Thailand today kicked off the registration for COVID-19 vaccination for Thai nationals aged 60 and above, with priority given to those with chronic diseases such as severe respiratory syndrome, heart and coronary diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer.

The Public Health Ministry aims to vaccinate 16 million people under the first batch of registration, The Nation reported.

The mass vaccination in Thailand is set to start in June when the first batch of locally manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine is available.

Thailand aims to vaccinate 70 per cent of its population by end of the year.




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