11 July 2024

The COVID-19 infection rate in Thailand continues to drop steadily, with an average of 364 new cases being reported per day and four fatalities for the week from October 23rd to October 29th, according to Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong.

He said yesterday (Monday) that 2,551 new cases were reported during the week, including 320 cases of lung infection and, of these, 164 were on ventilators. 33 patients died, 97% of whom were elderly and people suffering from chronic diseases. 76% of the fatalities were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated and did not wear face masks while participating in group activities.

Despite the fact that Thailand entered the post-pandemic period on October 1st, Dr. Opart said that the Disease Control Department remains vigilant in monitoring the COVID-19 situation, particularly in light of the increased number of arrivals from western countries during the cold season and the emergence of new COVID-19 variants or sub-variants.

He disclosed that studies conducted on Omicron variant infections among children under 14, between January and October 29th, show that there were 121,388 infections in children under 4. Of these, there were 1,422 cases of lung infection, including 382 who were on ventilators. 69 died.

He noted that the fatality rate in infected children under 4 is three times higher than in other age groups. Hence, the Ministry of Public Health continues to campaign for vaccination for all age groups, especially the elderly, those suffering from underlying conditions and children under 4.