241 of 250 new Covid-19 cases transmitted locally
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 250 new cases over a 24-hour period from various sources on Wednesday.
Of the 241 local cases, only two were migrant workers in Nonthaburi.
Of the 241, nine were linked to the central shrimp market in Samut Sakhon and three to a gambling den in Rayong.
Of the new cases, 29 work in high-risk areas like entertainment venues, crowded communities or are medical personnel, comprising 15 in Bangkok, five in Nakhon Pathom, one in Samut Prakan, three in Saraburi, one in Nakhon Nayok, one in Nonthaburi and three in Phetchaburi.
Of the 198 patients under investigation, 12 were found to have been infected in Samut Sakhon, 17 in Nonthaburi, 53 in Rayong, seven in Chanthaburi, one in Trat and 108 in Chonburi.
CCSA spokesperson Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the large number of infections in Chonburi can be possibly be linked to a new gambling den, adding that the Department of Disease Control will provide more details later.
Meanwhile, eight travellers tested positive in quarantine facilities, including one Indian national and two Americans who arrived from the US, a Thai national from Australia, two Eritreans from Kenya, a Turkish man from Russia and Kuwaiti diplomat.
A Myanmar man, 30, who was caught trying to cross the border illegally and tested positive was deported.
Meanwhile, 28 patients have recovered and been discharged.
The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand has risen to 6,690 (1,469 in state quarantine and 1,383 from hunt for active cases), of whom 2,417 are in hospital, while 4,212 have recovered and been discharged. The death toll remains at 61.
According to Worldometer, the total number of confirmed cases globally has increased to 82.32 million (up by 611,717). Of them, 58.33 million have recovered, while 22.19 million are active cases (105,939 in severe condition) and 1.79 million have died (up by 13,450).
Thailand ranks 140th for most cases in the world, while the US tops the list with 19.97 million, followed by India 10.24 million, Brazil 7.56 million, Russia 3.1 million and France 2.57 million
Dr Taweesin is calling on people to be careful as the age range of new patient is higher or around 40 on average.