BANGKOK, May 10 (Xinhua): The number of Covid-19 cases in Thailand increased by 1,630 to 85,005, the country's Centre for COovid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Monday.
A total of 22 deaths were reported, bringing the national death toll to 421.
Of the new infections, 1,622 were local transmission and eight were imported, according to the CCSA.
The country also reported its first cases of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India.
It was detected in a Thai woman and her son during their quarantine after they came back from Pakistan.
So far, 55,208 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 29,376 others are currently hospitalised.
Of the deaths, 13 were in Bangkok, two in Chiang Mai and one each in Pathum Thani, Suphanburi, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Khon Kaen, and Mahasarakham.
The ages of those who succumbed to the virus ranged from 30 to 92, and they all reportedly suffered from chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, etc.
Two of the patients died immediately after being admitted to the hospital, while seven died within a week of being admitted. The CCSA is urging people to keep an eye on their symptoms and go to the doctor as soon as it gets difficult to breathe.
Meanwhile, another 22,774 people were given their first Covid-19 shot in the last 24 hours, while 43,400 were given their second shot, bringing the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Thailand to 1,809,894.
Separately, according to Worldometer as of 11am on Monday, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 158.97 million (up by 649,140), 136.52 million of whom have recovered, 19.14 million are active cases (107,124 in severe condition) and 3.31 million have died (up by 10,206).
Thailand ranks 99th on the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 33.48 million, followed by India 22.66 million, Brazil 15.18 million, France 5.77 million, and Turkey 5.03 million.