120 new COVID-19 cases reported as infection rate slows
Thailand’s 120 new COVID-19 infections today means the rate of spread has fallen for the fourth consecutive day, bringing total infections in the country so far to 1,771, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Spokesman, Dr. Thaveesilp Wissanuyothing cautioned that, even though the rate is slowing, any number over 100 a day is a matter of concern.
Bangkok remains the epicentre of new infections in Thailand, as can be seen from the latest data:
Samut Prakan 23
Pathum Thani 2
Buri Ram 2
Chon Buri 2
Nakhon Pathom 1
Si Sa Ket 1
Samut Sakhon 1
Nong Bua Lamphu 1
Ubon Ratchathani 1
24 other cases are currently being investigated.
He said that March saw the contagion spread throughout the entire country, warning that no province will be spared if people do not adhere to the Government’s strong advice to stay at home and maintain social distancing everywhere.
In-depth investigation of the infection patterns show:
- Infections in Chumpon, Nakhon Phanom, Phitsanuloke, Phayao, Nong Khai, Amnat Charoen, Muk Dahan and Lamphun provinces were traced to visitors to entertainment venues in Bangkok.
- Infections in Phetchaburi and Uthai Thani provinces were mostly traced back to patients who do not live in the two provinces.
- Infections in Mae Hong Son and Uttradit provinces were traced to Thais returning from Pakistan and Qatar while, in Muk Dahan province, medical personnel contracted the disease in Bangkok.
- In Suphan Buri, most cases are people working in close contact venues, such as beauty salons.
Dr. Thaveesilp noted that the rate of new infections, linked to the boxing stadium cluster, has steadily slowed to just one new case today.
Two fatalities were also reported today, bringing the country’s death toll to 12. One of the victims was a 58-year old Thai businessman, who had recently returning from Britain. The other was a 79-year Thai Muslim, who recently attended a wedding in Malaysia.
The CCSA spokesman categorically dismissed speculation that the infection figures, released by CCSA, are inaccurate or that the real figures are being withheld.