The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced a total of 490 new confirmed cases of the virus in Thailand this morning at a press conference.
479 of these cases were local, domestic cases. The remaining 11 were imported from people returning to Thailand from overseas.
The majority of the cases, as has been a recent trend, were in Samut Sakhon which had a total of 450 of the cases, the vast majority found in factories where tens of thousands of migrant workers reside that are under restrictions and closures. These workers do not mix with the general population and are under a month long lockdown inside the factories.
Bangkok had 23 cases, primarily associated with office parties and other gatherings that are technically against the emergency decree currently, according to the CCSA. Bangkok’s entertainment venues, like bars and nightclubs, remain closed. Alcohol is still forbidden from being sold at restaurants to discourage gatherings and events.
The other provinces with cases were Tak with 1, Samut Songkhram with 2, Samut Prakan with 1 and Phetchaburi with 1.
A total of 18,897 people have been infected with Covid-19 since December 15th in Thailand with 12,334 people released and recovered and 19 deaths, all with pre-existing health conditions.