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829 new cases, most from intensive testing in Samut Sakhon


The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Sunday reported 829 new cases, including seven overseas travellers in quarantine.

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Of the new cases, 91 were exposed to the virus while visiting high-risk areas. The province with the highest number of infections was Samut Sakhon (79), followed by Bangkok (6).

Proactive testing led to the discovery of 731 cases, mostly in Samut Sakhon where 680 foreigners and 42 Thai workers tested positive. The large number from Samut Sakhon was a result of intensive local testing for six consecutive days.

Of the overseas travellers, two Thai nationals had returned from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, two from Ireland and one from the United Kingdom. An American student and an Egyptian pilot, who flew in from their respective nations, also tested positive.

Meanwhile, 110 patients have recovered and been discharged.

As of Sunday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand had risen to 18,782. Of these, 16,323 contracted the virus domestically, including 9,284 who were found via proactive testing, and 2,459 are returnees. So far, 11,615 have recovered and been discharged, 7,090 patients are still in hospital and the 77 have died.

According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Sunday, the number of confirmed cases globally had increased to 103.14 million (increasing by 501,099), 74.75 million have recovered, 26.14 million are active cases (108,361 in severe condition) and 2.23 million have died (up by 12,638).

Thailand ranks 120th on the global list of most cases. The US tops the list with 26.66 million, followed by India 10.74 million, Brazil 9.17 million, Russia 3.83 million and the United Kingdom 3.8 million.

CCSA assistant spokeswoman Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul said a report from AiMask, mask detection technology, around 2.59 per cent of people in Bangkok didn’t wear mask properly or didn’t wear at all in the morning and 3.02 per cent after work hours.

During January 21-27, 97.53 per cent of Bangkokians in 15 district wore masks correctly, 1.42 per cent wore it wrongly, and 1.05 per cent didn’t wear a mask.

Published : January 31, 2021

By : The Nation