Thailand: Despite Covid-19 surge, provincial re-elections in 18 provinces set for Feb 7; 198 new cases on Sunday (Jan 24)

BANGKOK, Jan. 24 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Despite the current Covid-19 issues in Thailand, re-election will be held for chief executives and/or members of the Provincial Administrative Organisation (PAO) in 18 provinces on Feb 7, the Election Commission has announced,

The election of PAO chiefs and members were held nationwide on Dec 20 of last year.

The commission had cancelled the election of PAO members in 46 polling stations, the election of PAO chiefs in 15 polling stations, and the election of PAO chiefs and members in three polling stations, and therefore will hold the re-election in these 18 provinces.

Seven provinces -- Nonthaburi, Narathiwat, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Phanom, Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani -- will hold elections for PAO members.

Six provinces -- Kalasin, Yasothon, Samut Prakarn, Ang Thong, Phang Nga and Lopburi -- will hold elections for PAO chiefs.

Five provinces -- Suphan Buri, Chumphon, Sa Kaeo, Rayong and Uttaradit -- will hold elections for PAO members and chiefs.

Meanwhile, Thailand on Sunday confirmed 198 cases of coronavirus infection and one fatality, according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the new cases, 191 were domestic ones while seven others referred to those who had returned from abroad and tested positive in this country, CCSA spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan said.

The domestic cases included 72 of those who have tested positive for the coronavirus via active testing at factories and communities in Samut Sakhon, southwest of Bangkok, according to the spokeswoman.

The fatality was a 73-year-old Thai female in Samut Sakhon, who had contracted the disease from an earlier-infected family member.

Thailand has so far confirmed 13,500 cases of infection, 11,136 of which were officially reported as domestic ones while 2,364 others referred to those who had returned from abroad, she said.

Of that total, 10,567 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals, and 73 fatalities have been reported so far. - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network

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