THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) today (July 18) added three more provinces to the dark red maximum and strict control zone amid a new spike in daily coronavirus cases to 11,397 with fatalities reaching 101, TV Channel 7 said.
Joining the dark red zone are Ayutthaya, Chonburi and Chachoengsao provinces taking the total to 13.
Meanwhile another 29 provinces were added to the red maximum control zone now totalling 53. Dining in restaurants is still allowed in these provinces but for a limited time with a ban on serving alcohol remaining in place.
The orange disease control zone has now shrunk to 10 provinces. Here alcohol is also prohibited in restaurants but shops are open normally.
There is only one province left in the highest level of surveillance zone with this being Phuket. Here it has been allowed to serve alcoholic drinks normally from July 20 onwards.
Of today’s 11,397 new cases, 11,070 were among the general public and 318 in prisons and detention centres. Nine travellers from abroad and those placed in quarantine were found to be infected, among them were two Thais who had sneaked across the border from Cambodia with one of them being infected.
This takes the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 403,386.
Another 5,726 patients were cured taking total recoveries to 283,910.
Currently 116,135 patients are undergoing treatment with 48,300 being in field hospitals and 67,835 in hospitals. Among them 3,464 are critically ill with pneumonia and 846 require ventilators.
As of this morning 14,130,489 doses of vaccine have been administered. The daily increase in the number of patients has moved Thailand up to rank 54th in the global coronavirus list.
Of today’s 101 fatalities, 99 were Thais and one each came from Laos and Maldives with their age ranging between 30-97 years and 52 were male and 49 female.
The fatalities were spread out across 16 provinces with as many as 60 having died in Bangkok, 15 in Samut Prakan, five each in Nakhon Pathom and Pattani, four in Nakhon Nayok and two in Songkhla among other provinces.
Sadly a 20-month pregnant woman was among those who died in the past 24 hours.
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