Covid-19 cases in Thailand surpass 100,000 mark with 2,302 new cases and 24 deaths


People receive a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center set up at the Mall Bangkapi shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, May 14, 2021. Thailand plans to inoculate the majority of the adult population in Bangkok in the coming months to quell a flareup in virus infections thats made the capital city the epicenter of the nations biggest Covid-19 outbreak. - Bloomberg

BANGKOK, May 16 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Thailand's tally of Covid-19 cases has surpassed 100,000 with 2,302 cases confirmed on Sunday, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

The new infections, including 2,279 domestic and 23 imported cases, brought the national caseload to 101,447, CCSA spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan said.

Nearly 75 percent of the total cases have been recorded since April 1, when the third wave began and quickly spread across the entire country, Apisamai said.

The country also reported 24 new deaths, raising the death toll to 589.

With 1,218 infections, Bangkok recorded the highest number of new local cases among all provinces in Thailand, as new clusters have emerged across the capital.

Around 35,055 patients are currently under treatment, with 1,228 in severe conditions, Apisamai said.

As of Saturday, over 2.24 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in Thailand, according to official data.

Dr Apisamai Srirangsan, the spokesperson of the CCSA, told a press conference that most of the illegal border crossers were Thais. The officials are now trying to convince these people to enter the country legally since it might affect virus control measures.

Meanwhile, 2,136 patients have recovered and been discharged in the last 24 hours. So far, 65,803 have recovered and been discharged, 35,055 patients are still in hospitals, and 589 have died.

As of Sunday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand had risen to 101,447. Of these, 94,089 had been contracted locally while 3,325 were returnees.

According to Worldometer, as of 11am on Sunday, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 163.17 million (up by 627.221), 141.46 million of whom have recovered, there are 18.3 million active cases (102,953 in severe condition) and 3.38 million have died (up by 11,823).

Thailand ranks 92nd on the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 33.69 million, followed by India 24.68 million, Brazil 15.59 million, France 5.86 million, and Turkey 5.1 million.

Meanwhile, 17,334 people were given their first Covid-19 shot in the last 24 hours, while 6,396 people were given their second shot, bringing the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Thailand to 2,242,150. - The Nation Thailand/ANN

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