Thailand's Covid-19 cases are soaring and current total surpasses 500,000 mark; death toll now at 4,146

A volunteer from the Zendai organization checks the blood oxygen levels of a family in home isolation in a Covid-19 stricken community in Nong Chok district in the outskirts of Bangkok on Monday, July 26, 2021, as hospital beds for patients remain scarce across the nation. - AFP

BANGKOK, July 26 (Bernama): Thailand’s Covid-19 cases have breached the 500,000 mark after 15,376 new cases reported over the last 24 hours, taking the total infections in the kingdom to 512,678.

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 87 fatalities bringing the total fatalities to 4,146 since the outbreak first detected in the kingdom in January last year.

Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) assistant spokesperson Dr Apisamai Srirangsan said the new cases involve 15,362 local transmissions and 14 imported cases. The number also includes 1,041 prisoners,

She said the new fatalities involved 52 men and 35 women aged between 28 and 96 years old, and they consists of 83 Thais and four Myanmar nationals.

"New fatalities include five who died at home,” she said at COVID-19 daily briefing here today.

Despite an uptick in Covid-19 infections, Thai health authorities projected the infections in Bangkok, the epicentre of the latest outbreak, might level off between four and six weeks.

Director of the Epidemiology Division at the Department of Disease Control Dr Chakkarat Pittayawong-anont said the Covid-19 situation in the capital will gradually improve.

"Despite a rise in the number of new cases, the inoculation rate in the capital is about 50 per cent now,” he said. - Bernama

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