BANGKOK, Oct 18 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Though the number of cases in Bangkok showed a marked drop on Monday, infections in the four border provinces in the South surged significantly.
The provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Songkhla and Yala recorded a combined 2,303 new cases compared to 1,610 in Greater Bangkok, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said.
Yala logged the most cases at 756, followed by 579 in Songkhla, 502 in Pattani and 466 in Narathiwat.
In a bid to control the infections, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered the setting up of an ad hoc task force in the South led by his adviser, former National Security Council chief General Nattaphol Nakpanich.
The country also saw the arrival of 24 new cases from overseas, including 12 from Myanmar, three each from Cambodia and Malaysia, two each from the US and Ukraine and one each from Germany and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Public Health reported on Monday (Oct 18) morning that in the past 24 hours there are 10,111 new patients who tested positive for Covid-19, 41 of whom have been found in prisons.
Death toll increased by 63, while 10,612 patients were cured and allowed to leave hospitals.
The country’s total caseload from Covid-19 stands at 1,793,812 – 1,668,250 of whom have recovered, 107,226 are still in hospitals and 18,242 have died.
Separately, another 238,015 people were given their first Covid-19 shot in the last 24 hours, 217,372 their second shot and 19,666 a booster, bringing the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered nationwide to 65,677,794.
According to Worldometer, confirmed cases globally had risen to 241.49 million on Monday, 218.72 million of whom have recovered, 17.86 million are active cases (78,675 in severe condition) and 4.91 million have died (up by 4,235).
Thailand ranks 24th in the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 45.79 million, followed by India with 34.08 million, Brazil with 21.64 million, the UK with 8.45 million and Russia with 7.99 million. - The Nation Thailand/ANN