Nearly 10,000 Covid cases today, over 6,000 in prisons

THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said at 12.30 p.m. today (May 17) that there were 9,635 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours with 2,782 being among the general public while 6,853 are inmates, Amarin TV and Thai Rath newspaper said.

There were 25 more fatalities, taking the overall death toll 614. Today’s large batch of new cases took the cumulative confirmed total to 111,082. 

An additional 1,397 patients were cured, with altogether  67,200 having recovered. Yet 43,268 patients are still undergoing treatment with 1,226 in serious condition and 400 using ventilators.

Today’s 9,635 new cases were divided into four groups and aside from the 6,853 infected inmates, 1,820 members of the public came in for treatment at various medical centres and 953 were found through proactive testing. Nine overseas arrivals were placed in quarantine.

Additional information of vaccination was revealed as follows:

Another 19,940 people got their first jab, adding up to 1,482,702 who have done so;

A total of 2,218 people got their second jab, with 781,606 having completed their course.

Globally at 10 a.m. this morning there were 163,718,298 coronavirus cases, with 142,169,057 cured while the death toll has now reached 3,393,335.

Meanwhile CCSA’s small panel said earlier via Twitter @oc_ccsa that the number of Covid cases in prisons is increasing because of proactive screening taking place by the Public Health Ministry and the Corrections Department.

At seven prisons nationwide where screening took place, the infection rate was 49% of the inmates tested, with results of 2,235 awaited.

Prisons in Chiang Mai recorded the most patients with 3,929 out of 6,469 tested found to be infected, or 61%.


Top: A prisoner in a Thai jail. Photo: NNT

Home Page: A representative image of coronavirus. Photo: Thai Rath


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