Covid briefing reduced to twice a week but spike in Bangkok likely


WHILE the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is now reducing coronavirus briefing to twice a week because infection has dropped to a moderate level nationwide it warned that Bangkok is likely to see a jump in the number of cases, TV Channel 7 said today (Jan. 31).

Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesman, said 97,297 doses of vaccines were administered yesterday taking the total to 115 million.

However there are provinces where the vaccination rate is below the target with these being Narathiwat, Pattani, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Lop Buri, Ratchaburi and Kanchanaburi with local people there urged to cooperate and get their jabs.

Meanwhile there were 8,008 new cases and 16 deaths over the past 24 hours to this morning taking the cumulative confirmed total since Jan. 1 to  217,107.

Of today’s batch of cases 7,828 were local residents, 14 fell sick in prisons and detention centres while 166 foreign arrivals tested positive.

Another 8,215 patients were cured taking total recoveries since Jan. 1 to 165,556 while 84,319 are still undergoing treatment of whom 542 are in serious condition with 106 requiring oxygen.

The 16 people who died over the past 24 hours were either elderly in the 59-99 age group or chronically ill.

The top 10 worst-hit provinces today are Bangkok with 1,298 cases, Samut Prakan 784, Chonburi 466, Nonthaburi 449, Phuket 393, Pathum Thani 206, Nakhon Ratchasima 203, Sisaket 172, Ubon Ratchathani 169 and Khon Kaen 167.

Data shows that a large number of infections occur in restaurants and entertainment facilities plus hospitals with today’s total for Bangkok being 30, Chonburi 8, Lopburi and Buriram 3 each.

School clusters have cropped up in Phetchaburi, Surin, Chon Buri, Mukdahan and Buriram provinces but it was not necessary to close the whole school. A pilot project to vaccinate primary school children starts today.

However a meeting between the Public Health Ministry’s Emergency Operation Centre and CCSA concluded that Bangkok is likely to see an increase in the number of infected people and preparation has to be made to accommodate tourists.


Top: CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin. Photo: Matichon

Home Page: BTS Skytrain running through Bangkok. Photo: Tony (CC BY 2.0)

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