12 July 2024

The daily death toll from COVID-19 infections increased to a new high of 47, including a pregnant woman, today (Thursday). 3,323 new infections were also reported, including 1,219 cases among prison inmates, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

A new cluster of infections was detected at a seafood and meat processing factory in Samut Prakan province, where 116 Thai and migrant workers employed tested positive, said CCSA Spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, adding that health officials have already been sent to bring the spread of the disease under control.

Another new cluster was found at a garment factory in Thung Khru in Bangkok, but no further details are available yet.

Of the 47 new fatalities, 26 were male and 21 female.  Bangkok accounted for 26 deaths, with 4 in Nonthaburi, 3 in Chiang Mai and 1 each in Yala, Ayutthaya, Mukdahan, Phetchaburi, Ratchaburi, Khon Kaen, Sisaket, Chonburi, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Tak, Amnat Charoen, Nan and Songkhla.

Bangkok logged 894 new infections today, followed by Samut Prakan’s 280 cases, 233 cases in Phetchaburi, 129 in Nonthaburi, 98 in Pathum Thani, 59 in Samut Sakhon, 52 in Chonburi, 45 in Chiang Rai, 35 in Nakhon Pathom and 31 cases in Songkhla.

Cumulative infections, since the start of the third wave in early April, have reached 112,354, including 46,469 still under treatment in hospitals.  93,828 have recovered and the death toll since last year is 920.

In Phetchaburi province, troops from the 15th army circle are helping to move the infected workers today, and those considered at high risk, from the Cal-Comp Electronics Company to a field hospital in the province.

Dr. Petcharuek Taensawat, the provincial health chief, said that the number of infected employees at the electronics company, located in Sra Phang sub-district of Khao Yoi district, has increased to 2,845, including 1,255 Thais and the remainder being migrant workers.

Cumulative infections in the province since April 1st have increased to 3,482.