Over 150,000 Covid cases since Jan. 1 amid 4th jab move


WITH THE addition of today’s (Jan. 23) Covid tally of 7,686 cases and 13 deaths the cumulative confirmed total since Jan. 1 has now reached 154,065, and since the start of the pandemic 2,377,500, amid a move to give people in 10 tourist and high infection provinces a fourth jab, Amarin TV said.

Of the new batch of cases 7,500 were domestic while 186 foreigners tested positive.

Another 7,445 patients were cured taking total recoveries since Jan. 1 to 103,515 and since the start of the pandemic 2,272,009.

Today’s 13 fatalities raised the death toll to 22,032.

Latest vaccination total is not available today because the Public Health Ministry is updating its database with yesterday’s total being 111.8 million doses.

Meanwhile Ms. Ratchada Thanadirek, deputy government spokesman, said the ministry is gearing to administer a fourth Covid jab to people in 10 tourist provinces and those with high infection rate after approval by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee.

This is an expansion from earlier criteria that only medical and public health personnel and those in the 608 risk group, that is over 60 years of age, suffering from chronic illnesses and pregnant women, be allowed the fourth shot.

Four of the 10 provinces are within the blue tourism pilot scheme zone, namely Phuket, Surat Thani, Krabi, and Phang Nga, while the remaining six, Bangkok, Chonburi, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Kanchanaburi, Pathum Thani, are either part of the blue tourism pilot scheme zone or currently have high infection rate.

The ministry recommends that those whose first two jabs were Sinovac, third jab AstraZeneca, should opt for AstraZeneca as the fourth jab.

While those whose first two jabs were AstraZeneca, third jab Pfizer, should opt for Pfizer as the fourth jab.


Top: Grandpa Amnuay, who is 100 years old,  getting his first coronavirus jab on Koh Samui in May last year. Photos: Thai Rath

Home Page:  A man is getting an injection at a hospital. Photo: Marco Verch, professional photographer from Cologne (CC BY 2.0)

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