Thailand's January auto sales plunge after Covid-19 resurgence

BANGKOK, Feb 21 (Xinhua): Thailand's auto sales on the domestic market tumbled 21.3 per cent year on year in January to 55,208 units as the Covid-19 resurgence impacted the market demand, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has announced.

On a monthly basis, the auto sales plunged 46.96 percent compared with December.

The second wave of coronavirus outbreak hit Thailand in mid-December when the auto sales climbed for the second month in a row, up 11.3 percent from one year earlier. In 2020, 792,146 vehicles were sold in the South-East Asian country, down 21.4 percent from the previous year.

As of Thursday, the country's total Covid-19 tally rose to 25,111, with more than 20,000 of the infections being detected since mid-December.

Thailand is a regional auto production and export base. It exported 74,132 vehicles in January, up 13.53 percent from one year earlier, according to the FTI data.

Thailand on Saturday had confirmed 82 new cases of coronavirus infection, mostly domestic, according to the Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of the new cases, 71 were domestic infections and 11 others were imported cases, the CCSA report said.

The domestic cases included 35 in Samut Sakhon province, southwest of Bangkok, and 25 in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok, among others.

Thailand has so far confirmed 25,323 cases of infection, 22,633 of which were reported as domestic while 2,690 others referred to those who had returned from abroad.

So far, 24,129 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 1,111 others are currently hospitalized and 83 fatalities have been reported. - Xinhua
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