Academic: Covid stats show control measures are not fully effective


IN A Facebook post today (Apr. 16) Assoc. Prof. Thira Woratanarat of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine pointed out that the daily Covid death toll has risen alarmingly from January this year with this being  empirical evidence that the public health policies and measures have not been effective enough in controlling the Omicron outbreak over time, TV Channel 7 said.

Comparative statistics mentioned in this post show that on Jan. 16 this year there were nine Covid deaths, but this jumped to 27 deaths on Feb. 16, an increase of 200 percent, or three times, in one month.

A month later on March 16 there were 70 deaths, an increase of 159 percent, or 2.59 times, over the previous month and 677 percent, or 7.77 times, higher than January.

Today’s 125 deaths is 78 percent, or 1.78 times, higher than the previous month and 1,288 percent, or 13.88 times, higher than January.

As for today’s Covid case tally, there were 18,892 cases today, and if the 8,858 people testing positive via ATK are added the total rises to  27,750.

Noteworthy is that over the past week pneumonia cases had increased from 1,936 to 2,062, a jump of 6.5 percent, while the number of patients requiring oxygen had also risen from 821 to 867, up 5.6 percent.

Meanwhile Dr. Somsak Ankasil, the head of the Public Health Ministry’s Medical Services Department, urged people in risk groups to urgently get vaccinated as there are still a lot of Covid cases in the country with the daily death toll also rising.

The ministry found out that of today’s 125 Covid deaths 117 were from the 608 risk group (that is the elderly over sixty years of age, those suffering from chronic diseases and young children), with this being 93.6 percent, with those not fully vaccinated totalling 118, or 94.4 percent.


Assoc. Prof. Thira Woratanarat. Photos: Naewna

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