2,256 new COVID-19 infections and 30 more deaths recorded on Friday
Thailand recorded 2,256 new COVID-19 cases, including 1,087 cases in Bangkok alone today (Friday), and 30 more deaths, including a 15-year old, the youngest fatality so far, according to CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin.
High infection rates were recorded in:
1. Bangkok 1,087
2. Pathum Thani 157
3. Nonthaburi 131
4. Samut Prakan 121
5. Chonburi 64
6. Prachuap Khiri Khan 52
7. Samut Sakhon 46
8. Rayong 33
9. Ayutthaya 29
10. Nakhon Si Thammarat 25
Dr. Taweesin said, however, that there are 16 provinces which did not report a single case today. They are Lamphun, Lop Buri, Surin, Trat, Tak, Nan, Kalasin, Phayao, Loei, Chainat, Nong Khai, Mae Hong Son, Nong Bua Lamphu, Bueng Kan, Uthai Thani and Satun.
Cumulative infections since the third wave began in April are 67,187, including 53,120 among those under observation and treatment, 10,709 found during active screening, and 3,018 in prisons. The death toll is 454.
The cumulative death toll since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Thailand is 548. Of the 30 deaths reported today, 16 were male and 14 were female. The youngest was 15 and the oldest 85.
33,186 patients are still being treated in hospitals, including 20,669 in general hospitals and 12,517 in field hospitals. 1,203 are severe cases, including 408 who are on ventilators.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Royal Thai Navy’s (RTN) centre for the protection of national marine resources, said today that six crew members of a Norwegian vessel were found to be infected with COVID-19. Arriving from India, the vessel, BOA DEEP C, docked at Songkhla deep-sea port in the morning of May 11th and left for Sattahip district in Chonburi province at about 5pm.
During the temporary stop at Songkhla port, health officials went on board to conduct swab tests of all crew members and officers, but results were not available until after the vessel left the port.
At about 10pm on the same day, the captain of the vessel received a radio message from Songkhla port officials reporting that six crew members tested positive for the virus. They include two Ukrainians, two Poles, one Indian and a Russian. The ship was immediately ordered back to Songkhla and anchored at sea in the quarantine zone.
All the six infected crew have developed mild symptoms, are separated from the others and have been placed under observation.
The spokesman said the RTN had dispatched a patrol boat to keep close watch on the Norwegian ship, to make sure no crew or cargo is moved off the vessel.