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294 local patients among 315 new Covid-19 cases


The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced 315 new cases on Sunday, with 21 of them in quarantine facilities.

Of the domestic cases, two were linked to the Samut Sakhon cluster, one was linked to the Rayong cluster, 37 had occupations or went to areas that exposed them to risk of infection and 20 migrant workers tested positive during proactive testing in Nonthaburi and Samut Sakhon provinces.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said 234 patients are under investigation to find the source of infection -- two in Bangkok, one in Nonthaburi, 38 in Samut Sakhon, 43 in Rayong, 62 in Chonburi, 8 in Samut Prakarn, 68 in Chanthaburi and 12 in Trad.

The 21 patients in quarantine facilities included five foreigners -- two Czech Republic nationals coming from Qatar, and two Russians and an Indian from their home countries.

The Thai nationals included four coming from the United States, three each from Egypt and Pakistan, two from Bahrain, and one each from Italy, Indonesia, Kuwait and the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, 38 patients have recovered and been discharged.

The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand has risen to 7,694 – 5,650 of which were contracted domestically, including 1,440 migrant workers and 2,044 returnees. So far, 4,337 have recovered and been discharged, while 64 have died.

According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Sunday, the total number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 84.97 million (up by 549,080), 60 million have recovered, 23.03 million are active cases (106,510 in severe condition) and 1.84 million have died (up by 8,140).

Thailand ranks 136 in the global list of most cases, while the US tops the ranking with 20.9 million, followed by India 10.32 million, Brazil 7.71 million, Russia 3.21 million and France 2.63 million.

The spokesperson said some proposals had been submitted to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to consider for relaxing measures such as allowing eating at tourist places or interprovince travel without quarantine. However, people still need to listen to their provincial administration, he said.

“Each province has its own problem like Tak, which faces illegal border crossing, or Rayong dealing with gambling dens. The local governments have a better understanding of the local risk. So, listen to the provincial announcements also,” said Dr Taweesin.

Published : January 03, 2021

By : The Nation