THAILAND logged the highest number of daily Covid cases ever today (April 14) soaring to 1,335 with the Public Health Ministry pointing out that this because the British variant spreads quickly and this has been exacerbated by the current interprovincial travelling to mark the Songkran festival, Siam Rath newspaper said.
Of the new batch of 1, 335 cases, 1,326 were domestic infections with 789 patients voluntarily going to the hospital while 537 were found through proactive examination in communities.
Nine overseas arrivals were either hospitalized or quarantined and this took the cumulative confirmed total to 35,910.
There were no more fatalities with the death toll remaining at 97 while 34 more patients were cured, adding up to 28,322 discharged from hospital so far. At the same time 7,491 patients are still undergoing treatment with nine being severely ill.
Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, the director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said 90% of the people infected with the British Covid variant are either asymptomatic or show very little symptoms but they still need to be hospitalised.
However Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered government officials to work from home after Songkran holidays to reduce the spread of the infection with there being 54 provinces today that have reported a large number of cases.
The nine dark red provinces that have over a hundred patients and therefore movement in and out of their zones, their entertainment venues and the holding of parties have to the controlled are as follows:
Bangkok – 1,689 cases with 64% linked to entertainment venues;
Chiang Mai – 880 cases with 52% linked to entertainment venues;
Chonburi – 594 cases with 48% linked to entertainment venues;
Samut Prakan – 416 cases with 49% linked to entertainment venues;
Narathiwat – 304 cases;
Prachuap Khiri Khan – 265 cases with 74% linked to entertainment venues;
Samut Sakhon – 166 cases with 16% linked to entertainment venues;
Pathum Thani – 166 cases with 16% linked to entertainment venues;
Sa Kaeo – 105 cases with 76% linked to entertainment venues.
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