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Bangkok Post

Daily Covid cases plummet

A boy is vaccinated against Covid-19 in Nonthaburi province early this month. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

The number of cases and deaths fell sharply, the government said on Tuesday.

New Covid-19 cases declined for the fifth consecutive day, the government announced on Tuesday morning. The daily caseload of 3,893 — down 1,345 from the day before — was the lowest since Jan 4th, before the Omicron wave of the coronavirus pandemic began.

A further 2,945 positive results came from antigen tests over the previous 24 hours, which would raise the total to 6,838.

The 24-hour death toll was 38, down sharply from the previous day's 54 and below 50 for the first time since early March.  

As of Monday, a total of 63,337 people were receiving Covid-19 treatment (down from 66,805 on the previous day), including 24,288 in hospitals (down from 24,877).

Among the remainder 10,465 were in field hospitals/hospitel facilities (down from 10,822) and 28,198 in home/community isolation (down from 30,722).

Of those in hospital, 1,245 were seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (down from 1,271) and 607 dependent on ventilators (down from 613).

Of the seriously ill patients, Bangkok had the most cases at 121, followed by 76 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 62 in Ubon Ratchathani, 55 in Udon Thani and 46 in Suphan Buri.

The 24-hour period also saw 7,323 patients discharged from hospitals after recovering.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said the 3,893 new Covid cases included 3,886 in the general population and four among prison inmates. Just three infections were found in new arrivals from other countries - Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. 

Of the new infections in the general population, 3,860 were confirmed at hospitals and 26 via mass testing.