AMID the gloom of the daily Covid count staying high today (August 10) with new cases totalling 19,843 while fatalities increased to 235 is an uplifting action by well-known actress Anne Thongprasom who bought 6,900 kilogrammes of cabbage from farmers to help them in these difficult times, Amarin TV said.
Of today’s large total of cases 14,832 emerged in surveillance and health service systems, 4,592 through proactive search in communities, 398 got infected in prisons and detention centres while 21 overseas arrivals were placed in state quarantine.
The total number of patients since the start of the pandemic has risen to 795,951 and in the current wave that began in April 767,088.
An additional 22,806 patients were cured, taking total recoveries from the onset of the pandemic to 578,140 and in the current wave 550,714, while 214,421 patients are still undergoing treatment.
Today’s 235 fatalities raised the death toll to 6,588.
From February 28 to August 9, 2021 altogether 21,171,110 doses of vaccines have been administered.
Yesterday 350,389 people got their first jab, 104,484 their second and 46,457 a third booster shot.
Meanwhile actress Anne Thongprasom, who is of Swedish and Thai descent, posted a Facebook message that she bought 6,900 kilogrammes of cabbage from farmers at Mae Hong Son province’s Sop Moei district to help them in current Covid crisis after having previously bought a lot of mangosteen from Nakhon Si Thammarat province’s farmers.
The whole lot is being distributed to temples and schools and other villagers.
The purchase of this vegetable at 2 baht a kilogramme and its distribution was handled by the director of Ban Mae Phae Noi School, who posted a message that the children are happy because their families can now harvest their crop.
Anne said the hero of a Thai television drama she arranged is a cabbage farmer which made her realise it is not at all easy growing vegetables and harvesting them for sale.
Anne Thongprasom flanked by images of some of the cabbage she bought. Thai headline says, “Bought 6,900 kilogrammes of cabbage.” Photo: Amarin TV