Thailand records 1,940 new COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths on Sunday
Daily COVID-19 infections resumed their upward trend today (Sunday), with 1,940, compared to 1,891 yesterday. 21 more patients have died in the past 24 hours, according to the update from Thailand’s Department of Disease Control.
Cumulative COVID-19 cases, since April 1st, now stand at 40,121 with 151 fatalities so far. There are currently 29,481 patients receiving treatment, 954 of those in critical condition, including 270 severe cases are currently on ventilators.
Total infections, since the country’s first reported case early 2020, are 68,984.
Food and Drug Administration Secretary-General Dr. Paisarn Dunkum has refuted claims that some hospitals are having difficulty obtaining anti-viral Favipiravir tablets, saying that the Ministry of Public Health has a proper management system for the distribution of the drug to all hospital nationwide, with stocks in reserve.
Favipiravir is administered when a patient begins to exhibit symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.
Between April 26th and 30th, he said that the ministry had distributed 190,500 Favipiravir tablets to Rajavithi Hospital, 48,000 to Nakhon Ping Hospital in Chiang Mai, 78,200 to Phra Nang Klao Hospital in Nonthaburi, 70,000 tablets to Chon Buri provincial hospital, 18,500 to Hat Yai Hospital, 4,000-6,000 tablets to each of medical school and over 100,000 tablets to private hospitals.
He assured that there is sufficient Favipiravir to meet the current demand.
Meanwhile, it is reported that over 430,000 people over 60, or with certain congenital diseases, registered yesterday through the Mor Prom mobile app and Line chat, for their vaccine shots.
The Public Health Ministry aims to inoculate 16 million in these two groups of vulnerable people within 54 days, starting June 7th.