14,176 new Covid cases, 228 more deaths
There were 14,176 new Covid-19 cases and 228 more fatalities recorded during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Wednesday morning.
There were 13,670 cases in the general population and 506 among prison inmates.
On Tuesday, 16,769 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.
Since April 1, when the third wave of Covid-19 began, Thailand has treated 1,293,656 Covid-19 patients, 1,138,938 of whom have recovered to date.
Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 1,322,519 Covid-19 cases, with 1,166,364 complete recoveries so far.
The death toll stood at 13,417 during the third wave and 13,511 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The kingdom's 24-hour high of Covid-19 fatalities is 312 recorded on Aug 18. The highest number of cases was 23,418 on Aug 13.
Dr Chawetsan Namwat, the Department of Disease Control’s director for control of emergency diseases and health hazards, gave added details in the afternoon briefing.
He said 228 fatalities (down from 241 the previous day) were aged between six months and 100 years, and included three Myanmar, two Chinese, one Lao and one British nationals.
One was a pregnant woman in Lop Buri and three were children aged from 6 months to 2 years, all in Saraburi. Two of the children had a chronic disease. One adult died at home in Bangkok and a test later confirmed a Covid-19 infection.
Bangkok continued to have the most daily deaths, 50 (down from 85 the previous day). Another 60 (up from 51) were reported in the adjacent provinces of Samut Prakan (23), Samut Sakhon (15), Pathum Thani (12), Nakhon Pathom (7) and Nonthaburi (3).
Other central plain provinces further from the capital recorded 76 more deaths (up from 62) – in Chon Buri (18), Saraburi (14), Samut Songkhram (11), Suphan Buri (10), Ayutthaya (6), Lop Buri (5), Chachoengsao (3), Prachin Buri (2), Rayong (2), Ang Thong (1), Nakhon Nayok (1), Kanchanaburi (1), Phetchaburi (1) and Ratchaburi (1).
The Northeast had nine more fatalities (down from 10) – Amnat Charoen (2), Buri Ram (2), Kalasin (1), Yasothon (1), Nong Khai (1), Surin (1) and Ubon Ratchathani (1).
The South reported 19 more deaths (down from 20) – in Narathiwat (6), Chumphon (3), Phuket (3), Songkhla (3), Ranong (2), Phangnga (1) and Yala (1).
The North saw 14 new fatalities (up from 13) – in Tak (5), Phetchabun (5), Chiang Mai (1), Kamphaeng Phet (1), Chiang Rai (1) and Phitsanulok (1).
The 14,176 new cases (up from 13,821 on the previous day) included 13,654 local infections and 16 imported cases.
Of the local infections, 11,940 were confirmed at hospitals and 1,714 via mass testing.
Bangkok had 3,691 new cases (down from 3,997), followed by 955 in Samut Prakan (down from 1,140), 846 in Chon Buri (up from 718), 641 in Samut Sakhon (down from 694), 528 in Ratchaburi (up from 439), 473 in Rayong (up from 357), 388 in Ayutthaya (up from 311), 369 in Songkhla (up from 200), 362 in Nonthaburi (up from 249) and 332 in Narathiwat (up from 194).
“Bangkok was the only province with more than 1,000 new cases over the past 24 hours,” Dr Chawetsan said.
Greater Bangkok reported 5,946 new cases (down from 6,388) and 110 new deaths (down from 136). Four southern border provinces had 1,095 new cases (up from 753) and 10 new fatalities (down from 11), while 67 other provinces recorded 6,613 new cases (up from 6,156) and 107 new deaths (up from 93).
“New Covid-19 cases tend to decline and this is a good sign… The number dropped in many provinces in the North and the Northeast thanks to strict disease controls,” Dr Chawetsan said.
The 16 imported cases were from Canada (1), Indonesia (1), Turkey (1), the Philippines (2), Myanmar (2 illegal returnees), Malaysia (4 illegal returnees), Laos (2 illegal returnees) and Cambodia (3 illegal returnees).
On Tuesday 142,644 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals (down from 145,465 on the previous day), including 4,387 seriously ill patients suffering lung inflammation (down from 4,487) and 960 dependent on ventilators (down from 985).
The number of severely ill patients fell from 4,841 on Sept 1 to 4,387 on Tuesday. However, the number remained high, Dr Chawetsan said.
Global Covid-19 cases rose by 519,386 in 24 hours (up from 399,932) to 222.74 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 8,448 (up from 6,641) to 4.60 million.
The United States had the most cases at 41.21 million, up 107,060 (higher from 39,644 on the previous day), and the most deaths at 669,022, up 815 (from 236).
The increases in the US were attributed to the Delta variant of Covid-19, Dr Chawetsan said.