THAILAND hit a new record high in single-day increase of coronavirus cases this morning (July 8) with this soaring to 7,058 while total daily fatalities also climbed to 75, Thai Rath newspaper said
The Public Health Ministry said early this morning that 6,990 cases in the new batch were among the general public and 68 in prisons and detention centres.
This takes the cumulative confirmed total in the current wave that began in April to 279,367.
Meanwhile some people desperate to undergo a Covid test slept in the rain amid all the mosquitos in front of Wat Phra Sri Mahathat in Bang Khen last night in the hope of getting a chance to undergo the procedure this morning.
Bang Khen District Office together with the Public Health Service Centre 24 Bang Khen and the Public Health Office have arranged for walk-in Covid screening at this temple during July 5-11 at 900 tests a day with this being for Thai nationals only.
Thai Rath reporters said people began camping in front of the temple from 8 p.m. after the temple gates had closed. However the guards allowed these people into the temple at midnight after it started raining.
Some had only come with mats to sleep on the ground but others had brought tents along.
Mr Yuthasan Thannok, 21, said he came here from Bang Kapi to wait to get tested in the morning after his colleague had contracted the disease and he had to submit test results to his employer.
He had previously gone to three other places but failed to get a turn for this test. He had come here at 4 a.m. yesterday but failed to get a ticket so came again at 9 p.m. to camp out and hopefully get one in the morning.
Test tickets are distributed at 6 a.m. and quickly run out with many people not getting a chance to be screened and having to come back and line up again the next day.
People waiting for hours in front of Wat Phra Sri Mahathat to get a turn for a Covid test in the morning. Photos: Thai Rath