COVID infections among attendees of Buddhist ceremonies under watch

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has expressed concern over new COVID-19 infections among people attending Kathin ceremonies, to present saffron robes to monks in temples, and has advised them to exercise extreme caution to protect themselves from the disease.

CCSA Assistant Spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan said today (Monday) that they had noted that new infections, related to people who attended a recent Kathin ceremony in the north-eastern province of Khon Kaen, have surfaced in Yasothon, Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Sing Buri, Kanchanaburi and Satun provinces.

New infections linked to funerals have also been detected in Kanchanaburi, Phatthalung and Songkhla provinces, she added.

According to the CCSA, twenty of the 22,832 foreign visitors who have entered Thailand by air since November 1st have been found to be infected with coronavirus, accounting to just 0.09 percent of all  the arrivals up to November 7th.

Thailand logged 7,592 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours and 39 more deaths. 7,495 more patients have recovered.

Total infections, since April 1st this year, are 1,946,728 and the death toll is 19,609.

Dr. Apisamai said that the rates of new infections, deaths and severe cases are slowing.

Thailand’s ten provinces with the highest infection rates today are Bangkok (865), Songkhla (462), Chiang Mai (429), Pattani (406), Nakhon Si Thammarat (372), Narathiwat (295), Yala (266), Samut Prakan (219), Chon Buri (179) and Surat Thani (179).


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