Thailand preparing for summer storms and thunderstorms as health ministry confirms 90 new Covid-19 cases


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BANGKOK, March 21 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): A strong high-pressure system from China that now covers Vietnam is expected to cover the Northeast and the South China Sea by Sunday, creating hot to very hot weather conditions in upper Thailand.

The Thailand Meteorological Department on Sunday also forecast summer storms followed by thunderstorms, gusty winds and hail first in the Northeast, then the North, the Central including Bangkok and its vicinity, the East, and the upper South regions.

The department has urged people to stay safe from the severe conditions by keeping away from open areas, big trees and unsecured billboards.

Farmers have been warned of damage to crops. From March 22-25, the easterly winds across the South and the Gulf will strengthen with more rain in the South.

Strong winds are likely in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, with waves 1-2 metres high and above two metres during thundershowers.

Thailand Sunday reported 90 new Covid-19 cases, mostly domestic, according to a report of the Center for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of these new cases, 81 were domestic infections, and nine others referred to imported cases, the CCSA said in a report.

Of those domestic cases, 41 were confirmed in Samut Sakhon, 16 in the capital Bangkok and 13 in Pathum Thani, among other provinces, the report said.

As of Sunday, Thailand's total caseload has risen to 27,803,24,826 were domestic cases while 2,977 others referred to imported cases.

So far, 26,598 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals, while 1,115 others are currently hospitalized and 90 fatalities have been reported.

According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Sunday, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 123.43 million (up by 507,346), 98.66 million have recovered, 21.29 million are active cases (90,073 in severe condition) and 2.72 million have died (up by 8,152).

Thailand ranks 115th on the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 30.48 million, followed by, Brazil 11.95 million, India 11.6 million, Russia 4.45 million and the United Kingdom 4.29 million.

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