THE COVID vaccination drive is making headway among 5-11 years old children with 250,715, or 4.9 percent, having got their first shot amid a tally of 17,349 cases and 22 deaths today (April 17), TV Channel 7 said.
Of the new batch of patients 17,104 were domestic, 169 fell sick in prisons and detention centres while 245 foreign arrivals tested positive.
This takes the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 2,656,411, with Thailand still ranking 31st globally.
Another 11,561 patients were cured taking total recoveries since the start of the pandemic to 2,489,812. At the same time 144,061 patients are undergoing treatment with 64,919 hospitalised of whom 728 are critically ill, an addition of 29, and 163 in coma or requiring oxygen, up 8.
Of today’s 22 fatalities 20 were Thai citizens, one Irish and one French with their age ranging from 50 to 105 and the longest hospital stay being 26 days. Of those who died 21 were elderly or chronically ill patients with only one not having any such medical problems. Roi Et province logged the day’s highest fatality count at three.
Bangkok continued to top the 10 worst-hit provinces list with 3,063 cases, followed by Samut Prakan with 866, Chonburi 821, Nakhon Si Thammarat 743, Phuket 510, Nonthaburi 423, Nakhon Ratchasima 415, Samut Sakhon 414, Pathum Thani 395 and Buriram 339.
Another 182,122 doses of vaccines were administered yesterday with 123,453 being booster jabs taking the cumulative total of booster jabs to 18,467,893, or 26.6 percent of the population.
Of the 5.1 million children aged 5-11 years in the country 250,715 have received the first jab, or 4.9 percent.
Globally there were 2 million cases and 11,311 deaths today with Germany logging 234,886 cases and 279 deaths and the US 114,668 cases and 2,802 deaths.
In the Asia Pacific region South Korea had the highest number of cases totalling 90,430 and 39 deaths; followed by Japan with 79,896 cases and 207 deaths; Vietnam 34,737 cases and 66 deaths; Malaysia 27,831 cases; and Singapore 16,883 and 13 deaths.
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