60 new cases reported, over two-thirds of local cases in Samut Sakhon
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Tuesday reported 60 new cases, 17 of them were overseas travellers.
Of the 22 exposed to the disease while visiting high-risk areas, 19 were in Samut Sakhon, two in Pathum Thani and one in Bangkok.
Meanwhile, proactive testing led to the discovery of 21 cases -- 19 in Samut Sakhon and one each in Pathum Thani, and Nonthaburi provinces.
Of the overseas travellers found to be infected in quarantine facilities, eight Thais had returned from Sudan and the United States; three Britons had travelled from Myanmar and United Kingdom, an Irish citizen, a Russian, a German and an American had travelled from their respective countries.
Two Myanmar men, who had illegally entered via the border from Malaysia on March 2, were found positive after being tested on March 5.
Meanwhile, 74 patients have recovered and been discharged.
As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand had risen to 26,501. Of these, 23,623 had been contracted locally, including 14,709 who were found via proactive testing, while 2,878 were returnees. So far, 25,851 have recovered and been discharged, 565 patients are still in hospitals, and 85 have died.
According to Worldometer, as of 10am on Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 117.75 million (up by 292,394), 93.42 million have recovered, 21,7 million are active cases (89,763 in severe condition) and 2.61 million have died (up by 6,438).
Thailand ranks 116th on the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 29.74 million, followed by India 11.24 million, Brazil 11.05 million, Russia 4.33 million and the United Kingdom 4.22.