BANGKOK, Aug 1 (Bernama): Thailand’s Covid-19 cases have breached the 600,000 mark after 18,027 new cases reported over the last 24 hours, taking the tally in the kingdom to 615,314.
Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 133 deaths bringing the total fatalities to 4,990 since the outbreak first detected in the kingdom in January last year.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said the new cases include 18,027 local transmissions and two imported cases - one Australian and British nation respectively who arrived in Phuket under the Puket Sandbox initiative.
The statement said the fatalities involved 78 men and 55 women including a five-year-old Lymphoma patient, two Chinese and two Myanmar nationals.
Bangkok, the epicentre of the latest outbreak, topped the list with 2,899 new cases and 61 fatalities, over the last 24 hours.
As Covid-19 deaths continue to surge, Reuters reported Thammasat University Hospital in Bangkok has started using two special containers to accomodate the bodies of dead Covid-19 patients.
Prior to Covid-19 outbreak, the hospital morgue handles up to seven autopsies a day but as Covid-19 death toll continue to rise in the capital it has to deal with more than 10 bodies daily.
Meanwhile, Thailand is to extend its stringent restrictions in Bangkok and other high-risk provinces for two-weeks to halt the spread of Covid-19.
CCSA assistant spokesperson Dr Apisamai Srirangsan said the restrictions include night curfew from 9 pm to 4 am that would be expanded from 13 to 29 provinces, from August 3 to 18.
She said 29 provinces under the maximum and strict controlled areas or "dark red zones” would ban public gathering of more than five people.
Besides that, she said all shopping malls, massage parlours, beauty centres and sports venues will be closed with supermarkets and pharmacies open till 8 pm while restaurants only entertain takeaway orders.
"The restrictions will be evaluated every two weeks. However, most likely it will be extended again until the end of the month,” she said during a press conference here today.
Dr Apisamai said the ‘bubble and seal’ at construction sites, workers’ camp and factories would be strictly implemented to contain the spread of infections and ensure the country’s economy move forward.
"There will be an increase in monitoring through surveillance to support the containment in workers’ camps,” she said.
Thailand implemented ‘bubble and seal’ last month to curb the spread of Covid-19 at construction sites and factories, however, health authorities detected more clusters as many workers sneaked out. - Bernama