FOR THE third day in a row Thailand’s daily coronavirus count climbed over a thousand to reach 1,582 late this morning (April 16) with over 10,000 patients under treatment and 16 in severe condition, Siam Rath newspaper said.
The Public Health Ministry said of this total 1,577 were domestic infections, with 921 voluntarily going to the hospital while 656 were found through proactive examination in communities. Five overseas arrivals were either hospitalised or quarantined.
There was no additional fatality with the death toll remaining at 97.
An additional 97 patients have been cured taking the total discharged from hospital to 24,480, while 10,461 are undergoing treatment with 16 requiring ventilator support. The cumulative confirmed total is now 39,038.
Meanwhile Army chief Gen. Narongpan Jitkaewthae is currently working from home as he is going through a 14-day quarantine during April 10-23.
He tested negative for coronavirus after a close contact with an infected officer but nonetheless is staying quarantined.
All other soldiers and their families exposed to infection have been tested and quarantined.
The army has set up two field hospitals to ease the pressure on public health service. One is at Thanarat Infantry Camp in Prachuap Khiri Khan province and the other at Army House Kiakkai.
Some officers and their families got asymptomatically infected at a football match and a ceremony to mark the establishment of the Third Cavalry Division.
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