Thailand continues to break COVID record each day, as 14,575 infections logged on Friday

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Thailand’s daily new COVID-19 infection record has been broken each day since last Friday, except for Tuesday July 20th. Today (Friday) sees 14,575 new cases and 114 more deaths, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Daily infections have soared, from 9,692 on July 16th to 10,082 on the 17th to 11,397 on the 18th and to 11,784 on the 19th. The figure dropped slightly, to 11,305, on the 20th, before starting to rise again to 13,002 on Wednesday the 21st and to 13,655 yesterday, bringing the accumulated infections in the current wave, since April 2021, to 438,844.

143,744 people are being treated in hospitals and field hospitals. Most new infections are being acquired through local transmission, with 1,072 cases being found in prisons today and only 13 among international arrivals.

The daily death toll peaked on Saturday at 141, bringing total fatalities, since April 2021, to 3,717. Of the deaths reported today, almost half, 49, were in Bangkok. 3 people were found dead at home amid the acute hospital bed shortage.

The cases in the capital account for 28.8% of all infections since April 2021, with daily new infections remaining the highest, compared to the rest of the country, at 3,104, up from the 2,000 level seen over recent days.

Other provinces in the top ten list are Samut Sakhon (1,067), Samut Prakan (837), Chon Buri (669), Rayong (516), Pathum Thani (511), Ayutthaya (359), Chachoengsao (352) Nonthaburi (305) and Pattani (290).

More than 100,000 people have been found in violation of interprovincial travel restrictions, in place since Wednesday, said CCSA Assistant Spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan.

15.38 million doses of vaccines have been administered to date, while 3.58 million people, or only about 5.2% of the population, have been fully vaccinated.


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