THE number of provinces with over a hundred coronavirus cases rose to 10 today (June 20) from five yesterday amid 3,682 new cases of infection and 20 fatalities which took the overall death toll to 1,629 since the start of the pandemic and 1,535 in the current wave that started on April 1, TV Channel 7, Amarin TV and Siam Rath newspaper said.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said at 12.30 p.m. that Bangkok topped the list of ten provinces with the highest number of injections with 836 cases, and the capital’s overall total is now getting close to 60,000 having reached 59,742.
Samut Prakan is next on the list with 501 cases; followed by Samut Sakhon, 192; Chonburi, 175; Nonthaburi, 165; Pathum Thani, 129; Nakhon Pathom and Pattani, 127 each; Songkhla and Narathiwat, 108 each.
Of the new batch of cases, 3,064 were among the general public, 578 in prisons and detention centres and another 40 were overseas travellers who were found to be infected.
This raised the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 218,131.
Another 2,401 patients were cured taking total recoveries since the start of the pandemic to 183,759 and in the current wave 156,333, with 32,743 still undergoing treatment of whom 1,374 are in serious condition with 390 requiring ventilators.
Of the 20 fatalities 13 were male and seven female with their age ranging from 26 to 90 years. Eighteen were Thai and two Myanmar citizens with 11 deaths occurring in Bangkok, three in Nakhon Pathom, two in Samut Prakan and one each in Chanthaburi, Rayong, Saraburi and Ubon Ratchathani.
From Feb 28 to June 19, altogether 7,587,178 people have been vaccinated with 5,486,092 having received their first jab and 2,101,086 both jabs.
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