By The Nation
Thailand reported 103 new cases of Covid-19 and four more deaths on Friday (April 3), bringing the total number of confirmed cases nationwide to 1,978 and the total number of deaths to 19.
Of the confirmed cases, 1,378 are being treated in medical facilities and 23 are in critical condition, while 581 have recovered and been discharged, according to the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.
The cases can be divided into three groups.
The first group of 48 are connected to cluster cases – one case had attended a boxing event in a Bangkok stadium, two had visited entertainment venues, six had attended a religious ceremony in Indonesia, and the remaining 39 had close contact with others previously confirmed as infected.
The second group comprises 44 people, of whom 15 had just returned from overseas (seven Thais and eight foreigners ), two were infected by the returnees, four had visited crowded areas, 13 worked in crowded areas or close to foreigners, five are medical staff, and five were infected from other sources.
The third group of 11 are being investigated for the source of their infection.
Meanwhile, 76 people have fully recovered and returned home.
The four people who died are a male train staffer, 59, with no underlying health issues who first developed symptoms on March 16, then felt better and returned to work before suffering a relapse on March 31; a 72-year-old man who fell sick on March 16 after being in close contact with his son, who had earlier been at Rajdamnern boxing stadium; an 84-year-old man working at Rajdamnern boxing stadium with multiple chronic health conditions who fell ill on March 26, and an 84-year-old man who was at the same Rajdamnern boxing event before being admitted to hospital with a fever on March 21.
Global cases of Covid-19 surpassed the 1 million mark yesterday as the death toll rose to around 50,000 deaths.