THAILAND’S daily Covid count again soared to 21,838 cases and 212 deaths this morning (August 7) with adjacent Samut Prakan province reporting that its total number cases has now topped 40,000 making it the second worst affected zone after Bangkok, Sanook.com said.
Of today’s large number of new cases, 20,915 were among the general public and 923 in prisons and detention centres.
The cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic has now reached 736,522 and since the current wave began in April 707,659.
The additional 212 fatalities raised the death toll since the start of the pandemic to 6,045 and in the current wave 5,976.
Another 21,108 patients were cured while 213,444 are still undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile Dr. Pranarong Srimuang, Samut Prakan’s public health doctor, said of the over 40,000 cases recorded here since the start of the pandemic, making this the second worst-hit zone after Bangkok, most of them emerged in multiple clusters particularly at industrial plants.
Around 5,000 patients are undergoing treatment in both public and private hospitals and approximately 400 have died.
So far around 300,000 people have been vaccinated, with 70-80% of frontline workers having been jabbed. The authorities are rushing to inoculate the remaining over 700,000 people out of the province’s 1 million plus population.
Checkpoints have been set up to strictly screen those entering and leaving the city in keeping with the the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) measures.
Top: People receive their first dose of Covid vaccine at a gymnasium inside Thammasat University, Pathum Thani province. Photo: VOA
Home Page: Inmates of Samut Prakan Central Prison being vaccinated recently. Photo: NNT