THE CORONAVIRUS crisis gripping the country took a turn for the worse today (July 29) with there being 17,669 new cases and 165 deaths in 24 hours and these were spread out across the country with 40 provinces having over a hundred new patients, Siam Rath newspaper said this afternoon.
Bangkok remains the worst hit with 3,963 new cases and this being the second day in a row the total hit close to 4,000. The province with the least new infections is Lamphun with six new patients.
The central region is in the most critical state with there being 13 provinces with over a hundred patients. Bangkok is at the top of the list followed by Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom which moved up to the third place. Trailing them are Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Sawan, Sukhothai, Lop Buri and Ang Thong.
The 14 provinces in the Northeast that reported over a hundred new patients are Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Buriram, Surin, Roi Et, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, Nakhon Phanom, Yasothon and Sakon Nakhon.
Four provinces in the eastern region likewise had over a hundred new infections namely Chonburi, Chachoengsao, Rayong and Prachinburi.
Four southern provinces are also in the same position with these being Narathiwat, Yala, Songkhla and Pattani.
In the western region too four provinces had over a hundred cases with these being Kanchanaburi, Tak, Phetchaburi and Ratchaburi.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said of the 17,669 new cases 17,652 were domestic with 14,782 emerging in surveillance and health services, 2,609 through proactive tests in communities, 261 in prisons and detention centres. Found to be infected upon arriving from abroad were 17 travellers.
This takes the total confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic to 561,030. Today’s 165 fatalities took the death toll to 4,562.
Meanwhile 9,798 more patients were cured taking total recoveries to 370,492 while 185,976 patients are still undergoing treatment with 4,511 in critical condition and 1,001 requiring ventilators.
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