THE Public Health Ministry said at noon today (Jan. 23) that Bangkok has risen to become the place with the second highest number of coronavirus cases while Samut Sakhon remains at the top spot with over a hundred cases showing up everyday, Siam Rath newspaper reported.
However the ministry’s Disease Control Department also pointed out that the number of cases in Bangkok is dropping to single digit with nine appearing over the past 24 hours. At the same time the situation in other provinces seems to have stabilised with most only reporting a few more cases.
The following are the top 10 provinces with the highest number of Covid cases as tallied from December 18 till noon today:
1. Samut Sakhon, 163 new cases, totalling 5,184;
2. Bangkok, nine new cases, adding up to 657 ;
3. Chonburi, no new cases for two days in a row, altogether 648;
4. Rayong, one new case, raising the total to 573;
5. Samut Prakan, one new case, altogether 322;
6. Chanthaburi, no new cases for two days in a row, altogether 220;
7. Nonthaburi no new cases, altogether 159;
8. Angthong, one new case, adding up to 110;
9. Nakhon Pathom, no additional cases for 15 consecutive days, total remains uncharged at 77;
10. Pathum Thani, no new cases, altogether 85.
Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) assistant spokesperson Dr. Phanprapha Yongtrakul said late this morning there were 198 new cases over the past 24 hours with one additional death taking the toll to 72.
Of this daily total 180 were domestic infections and 18 overseas arrivals, now quarantined, with five coming from the UK, four from Bahrain,two from UAE and one each from Sweden, India, Italy, Egypt, Russia, the US, and Switzerland.
Proactive screening found another 111 cases, leading to altogether 4,495 cases found through this method, and cumulative total reaching 13,302.
Another 224 patients have been cured, adding up to 10,448 who have been discharged from hospital while 2,782 remain under treatment.
Having died after being admitted to hospital on December 31 was an 81-year-old Thai man who had chronic systemic diseases and had contact with an infected person from Samut Sakhon.
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