Three million Chinese jabs heading to Thailand, says PM as Covid-19 cases continues to surge in country

BANGKOK, June 18 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Two million doses of Sinovac and one million doses of Sinopharm vaccines will be arriving in Thailand this month, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha announced on Friday while presiding over the daily meeting with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Prayut said he had confirmed the delivery with China’s charge d’affaires Yang Xin.

Separately, government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri explained that Prayut’s promise on Wednesday to reopen the country in 120 days should not be seen as a countdown. He said the aim was to open the country to foreign tourists gradually.

“Hence government officials nationwide must prepare for the reopening, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Prayut (pic, below) and his close aides will be heading to Phuket on June 25 to check on sandbox preparations.

In the Covid-19 front, Thailand logged 22 deaths and 3, 058 new Covid-19 cases, including 459 prison inmates and 19 returnees, on Friday.

Bangkok again leads the list with 867 infections, followed by 239 in Samut Prakan, 193 in Samut Sakhon, 152 in Songkhla, 142 in Chonburi and 138 in Nonthaburi.

Meanwhile, 4, 094 patients have recovered and been discharged in the last 24 hours.

As of Friday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand had risen to 210, 782. So far, 176, 410 have recovered and been discharged, 32, 795 patients are still in hospitals and 1, 577 have died.

Separately, 137, 776 people were given their first Covid-19 shot in the last 24 hours, while 78, 109 people were given their second shot. This brings the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Thailand to over 7.2 million (7, 219, 668).

According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Friday, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 178.19 million (up by 385, 601). Of these, 162.69 million have recovered, 11.65 million are active cases (82, 510 severely ill) and 3.85 million have died (up by 8, 596).

Thailand ranks 78th in the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 34.37 million, followed by India (29.76 million), Brazil (17.7 million), France (5.74 million) and Turkey (5.35 million). - The Nation Thailand/ANN

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