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One death, 59 new cases – the first day Covid infections are down to two digits since outbreak in Dec

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday reported 59 new cases and one death in the past 24 hours, including eight asymptomatic people who flew in from abroad.

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Of the new cases, 28 were exposed to the virus while visiting high-risk areas. The province with the highest number of infections is Bangkok (10), followed by Samut Sakhon (7).

One of the cases involves a woman aged 51, who was detected in Nakhon Panom but actually got infected after visiting a relative in Bangkok.

Proactive testing led to the discovery of 23 other cases – 20 in Samut Sakhon and three among migrant workers in Bangkok.

CCSA deputy spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan said a female driver aged 48 in Tak province showed various Covid symptoms around December 15-16. She was confirmed positive on December 27. She passed away on January 18 after failing to respond to treatment.

Of the returnees, four are Thai nationals, one each from the United States, Malaysia, India and Germany. Also testing positive is an Icelander, a Pakistani, an American, and a Japanese, who flew in from their respective nations.

Meanwhile, 265 patients have recovered and been discharged.

As of Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand has risen to 12,653. Of these, 10,343 contracted the virus domestically, including 4,130 who were found via proactive testing, and 2,310 are returnees. So far, 9,621 have recovered and been discharged, 2,961 patients are still in hospital and the death toll has increased to 71.

According to Worldometer, as of midnight on Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases globally has risen to 96.62 million (increasing by 585,749), 69.27 million have recovered, 25.28 million are active cases (112,171 in severe condition) and 2.07 million have died (up by 14,675).

Thailand ranks 128th on the global list of most cases. The US tops the list with 24.8 million, followed by India 10.6 million, Brazil 8.58 million, Russia 3.61 million and the United Kingdom 3.47 million.

Published : January 20, 2021

By : The Nation