Thailand logs 12,353 new Covid-19 cases, 125 more deaths

The third batch of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan arrives in Bangkok on Sunday (Sept 26, 2021). - The Nation Thailand/ANN

BANGKOK, Sept. 26 (Xinhua): Thailand's Covid-19 cases increased by 12,353 to 1,561,638 during the past 24 hours, the country's Centre for Covid-19 Administration (CCSA) reported on Sunday.

Some 125 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded on Sunday, taking the cumulative fatalities to 16,268, according to the CCSA, the country's Covid-19 task force.

Of the new infections, 12 were imported and 12,341 were locally transmitted, including 1,976 detected in the capital Bangkok, the epicenter of the latest outbreak.

Some 122,463 patients are receiving medical treatments, with 3,324 in critical condition including 724 on ventilators, the CCSA said.

Thailand has sped up its nationwide inoculation drive to better curb the surge in infections and prepare for the wider reopening of its popular tourist destinations.

As of Saturday, Thailand has administered over 50 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, with around 26 percent of its total population fully vaccinated.

The South-East Asian country plans to inoculate 70 percent of its nearly 70 million population by the end of the year.

Another 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan arrived in Bangkok on Sunday morning.

The third lot of the vaccine arrived to Suvarnabhumi Airport from Narita International Airport at 3am on Sunday. Japan has already provided 1.65 million vaccine doses to Thailand in total. - Xinhua

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