Thai PM orders restaurants to observe anti-Covid-19 measures as country records highest daily virus related deaths and total goes above 113,000

Health workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) take a break as people queue for nasal swab tests for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a mobile testing site in Bang Phlat district in Bangkok on Monday, May 18, 2021.- AFP

BANGKOK, May 18 (Xinhua): Thailand reported 35 Covid-19 related deaths over the last 24 hours, the highest daily record since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said Tuesday.

The total death toll has risen to 649, with more than 500 recorded during the third wave.

The country also reported 2,473 new Covid-19 cases in the same period, of which 2,450 are domestic cases and 23 imported cases, raising the total tally to 113,555, according to CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin.

Some 680 of the new domestic cases were detected in prisons via mass testing, Taweesin said.

With 873 new cases, Bangkok still ranked the highest among all provinces in Thailand regarding COVID-19 transmissions.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha on Tuesday warned all restaurants throughout Bangkok and three outlying provinces to strictly observe anti-pandemic measures otherwise they will be ordered to close immediately.

Since Monday, restaurants in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani have been allowed to resume limited dine-in service till 9 p.m. with 25 percent of their full capacities.

As the capital is still in a severe situation, the government has planned to vaccinate 70 percent of the residents in Bangkok within two months to contain the outbreak.

Around 42,988 patients are currently under medical treatment, of which 1,150 are in critical conditions, Taweesin said.

As of Monday, over 2.3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines had been administered in the country, official data showed. - Xinhua
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