By The Nation
He said Thursday's was the lowest number of new cases in a month day since the peak of 188 on March 22.
The number of fatalities increased to 50, while 2,430 patients have recovered and returned to their homes and 359 are undergoing treatment in hospitals.
In the last two weeks, new cases have been generally on a downward trend.
On April 9 there were 54 new cases, 50 on April 10, 45 on April 11, 33 on April 12, 28 on April 13, 34 on April 14, 30 on April 15, 29 on April 16 ,28 on April 17, 33 on April 18, 32 April 19, 27 on April 22, 19 on April 21 and 15 on April 22.
The new cases can be divided into groups.
The first group of 10 had had close contact with five others previously confirmed as infected, one visited a crowded area, two worked in a crowded area, one has returned from overseas, and one case was detected before a surgical procedure.
The second group of three people were found while dealing with active cases in Phuket.
Meanwhile, 78 people have fully recovered and returned home.
A 78-year-old woman who had a stroke went to see doctor on March 21 for urinary tract infection. On March 24, she started to show symptoms and was confirmed as a Covid-19 patient. She died from Septicemia on April 22.
As of April 23, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2839 -- 359 are under treatment, 2,430 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 50 deaths.
Globally, there are more than 2.63 million confirmed cases and around 180,000 deaths
The provinces with the highest patients under investigation are: Bangkok (10,942), Yala (4,060), Nonthaburi (3,378), Chonburi (1,844), Phuket (2,136) and Samut Prakarn (1,285), Taweesin said.