Thailand logs 3,000-above cases for third straight day as death toll keeps climbing

BANGKOK, June 19 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Thailand logged 32 deaths and 3, 667 new Covid-19 cases, including 435 prison inmates and 32 returnees, on Saturday.

It was the third successive day of over 3, 000 cases.

Meanwhile, 4, 948 patients have recovered and been discharged in the last 24 hours.

As of Saturday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand had risen to 214, 449. So far, 181, 358 have recovered and been discharged, 31, 482 patients are still in hospitals and 1, 609 have died.

Separately, 181, 588 people were given their first Covid-19 shot in the last 24 hours, while 81, 827 people were given their second shot. This brings the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Thailand to over 7.4 million (7, 483, 083).

According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Saturday, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 178.59 million (up by 400, 897). Of these, 163.11 million have recovered, 11.62 million are active cases (82, 235 severely ill) and 3.86 million have died (up by 8, 523).

Thailand ranks 78th in the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 34.39 million, followed by India (29.82 million), Brazil (17.8 million), France (5.75 million) and Turkey (5.35 million).

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has also has approved in principle the tourism sandbox programme that will be implemented in Phuket from July 1 and in certain areas of Surat Thani from July 15, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn said.

nder the sandbox scheme, foreign tourists who can verify they have been inoculated against Covid-19 and test negative can fly into Phuket and move around freely in the province without having to quarantine.

After staying in Phuket for 14 days and a negative test for Covid, the tourists can travel to other provinces in Thailand.

Other requirements include the visitors must have been living in countries with medium to low level of infection for at least 21 days before entering Phuket, and they must strictly follow disease control measures throughout their stay.

“As for Surat Thani province, only Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan will be opened for foreign tourists under the sandbox scheme from July 15, and the same 14-day mandatory rule will apply, ” said Yuthasak. - The Nation Thailand/ANN

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