CCSA: Covid cases unlikely to decline in Bangkok and its vicinity

THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) small panel tweeted this morning (May 21) that the current coronavirus outbreak in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces is unlikely to decline soon and moreover there are people sneaking across the border continuously especially from Cambodia, Thai Rath newspaper said.

This message was tweeted a short while after the Public Health Ministry said that there were 3,481 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours and 32 additional deaths.

Of the new batch of cases 2,530 were among the general public and 951 in prisons and detention centres. Today’s 32 fatalities raises the death toll to 735.

The cumulative confirmed total has now reached 123,066 cases with 94,203 having appeared in the current wave of infection that started on April 1.

Another 2,868 patients were cured with 79,231 having recovered so far and 52,078 having done so in the ongoing outbreak.

CCSA’s small panel’s tweet this morning stated the following:

– More patients are continuing to emerge, especially in Bangkok and its vicinity, and no decline is as yet apparent. But in the provinces the infection appears to have stabilised;

– More people continue to sneak across the border, especially Cambodia, with a large number of Thai people also waiting return to their homeland;

– Risky locations include slum communities (in and around workers’ campsites, markets and factories), various establishments / workplaces, factories and markets;

– Risk factors include, exposure within the family, traveling to/from risky locations and the provinces, mingling in various activities such as eating together and migrant works (legal, illegal and unknown status).


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