Of the total, 10 had arrived from foreign countries.
Six are Thai nationals -- three coming from Malaysia, one from Qatar, one from United States, and one from Denmark.
An American man, a German man, and two Indians flying in from their respective countries also tested positive.
Of the new cases, 43 were exposed to the virus while visiting high-risk areas. Provinces with the highest number of infections are Bangkok with 10 and Samut Sakhon with 24.
Proactive testing led to 321 cases, mostly in Samut Sakhon where 311 foreigners tested positive. Two cases were also found in Trang province, a possible outbreak in a rubber factory.
Meanwhile, 109 patients have recovered and been discharged.
The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand has risen to 12,054 – 9,777 of which were contracted domestically including 3,707 found via proactive testing, and 2,277 returnees. So far, 9,015 have recovered and been discharged, 2,969 patients are still in hospital and the death toll remains at 70.
CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said 7,817 cases had been found in the second wave since December 18. He said there was a downward trend, but peak daily numbers were seen in the red-coded areas, including Bangkok.
According to Worldometer, as of midnight on Saturday, the total number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 94.93 million (up by 641,328), 67.77 million have recovered, 25.15 million are active cases (111,614 in severe condition) and 2.03 million have died (up by 12,908).
Thailand ranks 127th on the global list of most cases, while the US tops the list with 24.3 million, followed by India 10.56 million, Brazil 8.45 million, Russia 3.54 million and the United Kingdom 3.35 million.
Published : January 17, 2021
By : The Nation