Daily Covid fatalities climb to 35 while Bangkok now has 28 clusters 

THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said at 12.30 p.m. today (May 18)  that there were 2,473 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours with the daily fatalities rising to 35 while Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) is going all out to curb 28 clusters in the city, Amarin TV said.

Of today’s new batch of cases, 1,793 were among the general public while 680 were in prisons.

This took the cumulative confirmed total to 113,555  with 84,692 cases having emerged in the current wave that started last month.

The 35 additional fatalities raised the death toll to 649.

Another 2,718 patients have been cured, adding up to 42,492 who have recovered in the current wave and 69,918 since the start of the pandemic.  Of the patients currently being treated, 1,150 are in serious condition with 384 using ventilators.

Today’s 2,473 new cases were divided into four groups with 1,770 appearing in service systems, 347 found through proactive search in communities, 680 infected in prisons and 23 overseas arrivals were quarantined.

An update of vaccination is as follows:

– Another  38,332 people got their first jab, adding up to 1,521,034 who have done so;

– Altogether 38,355 people got their second shot, with 819,961 having completed the course.

Globally as of 10 a.m. this morning there 164,283,440 coronavirus cases with 143,021,999 having been cured while the death toll has reached 3,404,742.

Meanwhile BMA said this morning that there are 28 coronavirus clusters in 19 districts of the city, mostly in southern and central areas that are densely packed with housing, flats, markets and accomodation for workers.

Pol Capt Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA’s spokesperson and son of  Governor Aswin Kwanmuang, said in a Facebook post with an accompanying chart that as the coronavirus wave that started in April is continuing to spread  in the capital vulnerable areas have to be strongly surveilled. If those who are infected are quickly found it would help curtail the spread of the virus.

Of the city’s 28 clusters eight each were in communities and markets, seven were companies and workplaces, four were workers’ housing and one a prison.

Details of these clusters are as follows:

– Under highest surveillance are 15 clusters in ​​Din Daeng, Ratchathewi, Bangkapi, Dusit, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Klongtoey, Laksi, Phra Nakhon, Prawet, Bang Rak and Sathorn districts .

–  Being surveilled are three clusters in Wattana, Suan Luang and Chatuchak districts

– Eight clusters where the outbreak is likely to be brought under control are in Thawi Watthana, Pathumwan, Sathorn, Pom Prap Sattru Phai,  Samphanthawong, Chatuchak, Lat Phrao and Suan Luang districts;

– Two new clusters were found with these being a Bangkok Noi market and a community in Huai Khwang area.

In addition to accelerating the detection of new cases, BMA is also speeding up the vaccination of the city’s residents.


Top: A man undergoing Covid test at the Urban Institute for Disease Prevention and Control in Bang Khen district. 

Home Page: A field hospital set up for coronavirus patients. Photos: NNT

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