Thailand’s daily COVID death toll skyrockets to 312 Wednesday, 2nd day of new high
Thailand’s daily COVID-19 death toll skyrocketed to 312 on Wednesday (August 18th), the first time the number surpassed the 300-mark, as new records have been set for a second straight day after yesterday’s death toll high of 239.
Today’s figure does not necessarily mean that more people have died very recently, but it is due to sluggishness in confirming and reporting earlier deaths in some provinces, which have now been added to the tally, explained the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Assistant Spokesperson Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan.
20,128 new infections have also been logged today, as daily figures averaged more than 20,000 cases since last Wednesday (August 11th). 207,553 infected people are receiving treatments across the country. Of this number, 5,458 are in severe conditions, while 1,155 are on ventilators.
Of the new cases, only 248 are in prisons and 17 are overseas arrivals, while the majority of cases deaths are still in Bangkok – 4,154 and 78 deaths reported.
Other provinces in the top ten list with most infections are Samut Sakhon (1,820), Samut Prakan (1,335), Chonburi (1,206), Nonthaburi (756), Nakhon Ratchasima (719), Chachoengsao (632), Sisaket (471), Nakhon Pathom (468) and Ayutthaya (437).
Of the new deaths reported, 174 were male and 138 female, aged between 28-102. Most were Thai, with 5 Myanmar nationals, 1 Cambodian and 1 British citizens. 3 of them were reported dead at home.
24.61 million vaccine doses have been administered to date, with 5.38 million people, or about 7.7% of the population, have been fully inoculated, and 510,668 having received their third booster dose.