230 new Covid cases and another death while Bangkok still looks dicey

THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said today (Jan. 16) that over the past 24 hours there were 230 new Covid-19 cases and one additional death taking the toll to 70 while the situation in Bangkok remained worrying, Siam Rath newspaper reported.

Of the 230 new cases 209 were domestic infections while 21 came from overseas with seven arriving from the UK, six from Turkey, three from Germany and one each from Qatar, Russia, Ethiopia, the US and Malaysia.

An additional 126 cases were found through proactive screening of migrant workers adding up to 3,386 cases.

This takes the cumulative total to 11,680 cases with 618 more cured adding up to 8,906  patients discharged from hospital so far to while 2,704 are still undergoing treatment.

The patient who died is a 67-year-old Thai man living in Bangkok. While it is still not known whether he had any congenital diseases, it was revealed that he had visited entertainment venues where the staff were later found to be infected with this disease.

Dr. Taweesilp added that the CCSA panel had discussed the outbreak in Bangkok and remained concerned about the situation in the capital because cases are still cropping up everyday with the figures fluctuating. One January 7 altogether 49 people fell sick in Bangkok while the daily count remains at double digits.

He urged all those who had come into contact with a patient or been to risky areas to isolate themselves at home for five to seven days and get themselves tested again after that even if they had a negative result because there could be an incubation period.

They should separate themselves from their family because in the past whole families had got infected after one member fell sick.


Top: Dr. Taweesilp talking to the press today. Photo: Siam Rath



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