Covid-19 claims one life as 54 new cases confirmed


For the 13th day running, the number of new Covid-19 cases was under 100, with 54 confirmed on Thursday, 10 of whom are returnees.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said 36 of the local cases had been exposed to the virus while visiting high-risk areas. Samut Sakhon leads the list with 28 cases, followed by three in Tak, two in Bangkok and one each in Nakhon Nayok, Pathum Thani and Chonburi.

Meanwhile, proactive testing led to the discovery of eight cases, all in Samut Sakhon.

Of the 10 travellers found infected, four are Thais returning from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, as well as a Kenyan national from South Africa and a Kuwaiti from his own nation.

Also included in the list of returnees were three Myanmar women caught entering Thailand from the Malaysian border on February 24 and who tested positive on March 1, and one Thai sneaking across from Myanmar on March 1 who tested positive the next day.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s 85th fatality was a 63-year-old Thai man living in a high-risk area in Bangkok who had diabetes and high blood pressure. He began developing a cough, fatigue and difficulty in breathing on January 9 and tested positive on the same day. His symptoms worsened on January 12 and had to be put on a ventilator. However, he succumbed to the virus on February 28.

Meanwhile, 79 patients have recovered and been discharged.

As of Thursday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand had risen to 26,162. Of these, 23,353 had been contracted locally, including 14,573 who were found via proactive testing, while 2,809 were returnees. So far, 25,562 have recovered and been discharged, 515 patients are still in hospitals, and the death toll has risen to 85.

According to Worldometer, as of 10am, the number of confirmed cases globally had risen to 115.77 million (up by 440,965), 91.47 million of whom have recovered, 21.73 million are active cases (90,049 in severe condition) and 2.57 million have died (up by 10,838).

Thailand ranks 115th on the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 29.47 million, followed by India 11.16 million, Brazil 10.72 million, Russia 4.28 million and the United Kingdom 4.19 million.