Coronavirus

Over 4,000 new Covid cases as Delta strain spread to 25 provinces

THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said this afternoon (June 24) that there were 4,108 new coronavirus cases and 31 fatalities over the past 24 hours while the Delta variant has now spread to 25 provinces, Amarin TV said.

The cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic has now reached 232,647 and in the current wave that started in April 203,676.

Today’s fatalities raised the overall death toll to 1,775.

Of the new batch of cases 2,835 emerged in service and health systems, 1,020 through proactive search in communities, 229 in prisons and detention centres while 14 overseas arrivals were placed in state quarantine.

Another 1,578 patients have been cured, taking overall recoveries since the start of the pandemic to 191,355 and in the current wave 163,929.

Altogether  39,517 patients are still undergoing treatment with 1,564 in serious condition of whom 445 require ventilators. 

Latest data on Covid vaccination is as follows:

– Another 172,903 have got the first jab, taking the total to 6,017,424;

– An additional 79,082 got their second jab, adding up 2,382,896 who have done so.

Meanwhile the Public Health Ministry’s Medical Sciences Department revealed that the Delta variant (formerly referred to as the Indian variant) had spread to 25 provinces during April 1-June 20.

Altogether 661 cases of this Covid-19 strain have been found in the 25 provinces as follows:

– Bangkok, 491;

– Chiang Mai, 2;

– Chiang Rai, 1;

– Phayao, 2;

– Phitsanulok, 1;

– Phetchabun, 1;

– Nonthaburi, 64;

– Saraburi, 5;

– Nakhon Nayok, 8;

– Samut Sakhon, 1;

– Nakhon Pathom, 1;

– Chonburi, 1;

– Chanthaburi, 1;

– Khon Kaen, 3;

– Roi Et, 1;

– Udon Thani, 23;

– Sakon Nakhon, 7;

– Loei, 4;

– Nong Khai 2;

– Nong Bua Lamphu, 4;

– Chaiyaphum, 3;

– Buriram, 2;

– Nakhon Ratchasima, 2;

– Ubon Ratchathani, 3.

Meanwhile CNBC quoted World Health Organisation officials as warning last Monday that the highly contagious delta variant is the fastest and fittest coronavirus strain yet, and it will “pick off” the most vulnerable people, especially in places with low Covid-19 vaccination rates.

Delta, first identified in India, has the potential “to be more lethal because it’s more efficient in the way it transmits between humans and it will eventually find those vulnerable individuals who will become severely ill, have to be hospitalised and potentially die,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said during a news conference.

Ryan said world leaders and public health officials can help defend the most vulnerable through the donation and distribution of Covid vaccines.

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Top: Some people getting vaccinated in Bangkok. Photo: NNT

Home Page: A representative image of Covid-19. Photo: Eastidahonews.com

 

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