Health officials in Thailand have reported that a seven-month-old baby, two pregnant women and a doctor were among the 233 covid-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours.
Thailand’s health officials reported that 155 Covid-19 fatalities were seniors aged 60 and over and 43 others had underlying health conditions. Both groups accounted for 85% of fatalities. The remaining fatalities had no known pre-existing health problems, they said.
The latest deaths included two pregnant women in Bangkok, a seven-month-old in Prachuap Khiri Khan, and an 88-year-old doctor in Bangkok. Four people died at home: two in Bangkok and one each in Chachoengsao and Chumphon.
According to the health department Thailand recorded 19,014 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, while 20,672 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours.
Of the new cases, 18,808 were local infections, 10 imported cases and 196 in prisons, it said. Of the local infections, 16,428 were confirmed at hospitals and 2,380 during mass testing.
Thailand’s Covid-19 breakdown
According to the Bangkok Post; Bangkok saw 4,399 new cases, followed by Samut Sakhon (1,499), Chon Buri (1,092), Samut Prakan (749), Nonthaburi (690), Nakhon Pathom (638), Ratchaburi (560), Chachoengsao (488), Nakhon Ratchasima (484) and Saraburi (390).
Six provinces reporting caseloads in the 300s were: Ayutthaya (389), Buri Ram (374), Pathumthani (372), Surin (328), Si Sa Ket (320) and Rayong (307). There were seven provinces with cases below 20: Nan (15), Phatthalung (15), Phangnga (13), Phra (10), Lampang (9), Bung Kan (9) and Mae Hong Son (1), it said. Of 200,339 patients being treated in hospitals, 5,239 were seriously ill, with 1,117 dependent on ventilators, the CCSA said.
Meanwhile, the Rural Doctors Society (RDS) said the number of Covid-19 infections was likely to be larger than the figures given by the CCSA.
The daily figures were based on RT-PCR tests, so those who tested positive using Antigen Test Kit (ATK) sets but did not take RT-PCR to confirm the results were unlikely to be included.
Even if the number of Covid-19 cases was likely to be higher, it was hard to say how many more.
It said if the country used ATK sets with high accuracy rates, rural doctors could be sure of the test results.
The RDS said its teams recorded about 20,000 new cases on average, compared with the official figure of 19,014 cases reported by the CCSA. It also pointed out that the number of RT-PCR tests was also lower than the capacity, at 52,845 cases per day on average when the testing capacity was about 100,000 cases per day.