6 June 2024

COVID-19 infections in Thailand between 23rd and 29th of April increased to 1,811, or an average of 258 cases a day, and ten deaths, according to the Department of Disease Control.

So far this year, 8,382 people have been infected and treated at hospitals. Of these, 288 have died, 157 suffered lung infections and 79 were put on ventilators.

According to the department, 144 million doses of vaccine have been given to Thai people, including 57.2 million first inoculations, 53.7 million second doses and 33 million third doses.

Dr. Thira Woratanarat, a doctor at the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University, said that the actual number of infections between 23rd and 29th of April may, however, actually be between 12,936 and 17,967, when allowing for the many cases which go unreported and do not seek treatment at hospitals.

He suggested that people keep their guard up by wearing face masks whenever they are in public venues and warned that every infection may result in illness or even death and the risk of developing Long COVID.

Meanwhile, Government Spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had urged everyone, but especially those who are over 60 or suffering from underlying diseases, to get LAAB (Long Acting Antibody) vaccines at state hospitals, to reduce risk of severe illness or death.