RECAP: Thailand reports 2,256 daily infections with 30 additional deaths in past 24 hours, CCSA considering dine-in services at eateries in dark-red zones

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Thailand reported 2,068 new Covid-19 domestic infections and 183 confirmed cases at two major prisons, cumulatively marking a total of 2,256 daily infections, with 30 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced this morning, May 14th.

The fatalities were 16 men and 14 women from Bangkok (11), Ratchaburi (4), Pathum Thani (2), Sa Kaeo (2), Samut Prakan (1), Chachoengsao (1), Chonburi (1), Sukhothai (1), Maha Sarakam (1), Chiang Rai (1), Suphan Buri (1), Nonthaburi (1), Rai Et (1), Phatthalung (1), and Sarat Thani (1). The age range was between 15 and 85 years old.

Most of them were reported with underlying health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, chronic lung disease, cancer, and obesity. Two of them were bedridden patients, including a 15-year-old fatality who was suffering from Aphasia. Another four refused to expose their health conditions, the CCSA noted.

Regarding domestic infections, the first group of 1,270 local infections was discovered in Bangkok. 42 of them were reportedly connected from community markets and villages, 510 were from being in close contact with confirmed infected patients, and the other 718 infections were connected to other risky places. Other risky places are generally those such as private house parties, drinking circles, workplaces without sufficient social distancing measures like some construction or factories, densely packed communities like migrant workers camps, crowded markets or temples, and similar locations.

The second group includes 476 cases that were reported in Bangkok’s vicinity. 10 of them were reportedly connected to community markets and villages, 213 were from being close contact with confirmed infected patients, and the other 253 cases were connected to other risky places.

The last group includes 505 domestic infections that were found in other provinces. Six of them were connected from community markets and villages, 264 were from being in close contact with confirmed infected patients, and 235 of them were connected to other risky places. The majority of the group was discovered in Pathum Thani with 157, followed by Nonthaburi with 131, Samut Prakan with 121, and Chonburi with 64.

As of today, 1,701 people fully recovered in the past 24 hours and have been released from field hospitals and quarantine centers. Thailand has now reached a total of 96,050 cases with 62,316 recoveries and a total of 548 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 21,302 people received their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccination and another 63,067 people received their second shot yesterday, marking a total number of 2,124,732 vaccinated people in Thailand who have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Additionally, the CCSA is also considering the easing restrictions of Covid-19 control, particularly provinces in the dark-red (maximum controlled) zone, and red (controlled) zone. The restrictions will be relaxed accordingly and possibly include the dine-in services in the dark red zones. Under the proposal, which is not “set in stone”, eateries could only operate the service for 25 percent of its capacity until 9:00 PM. Then, takeaway would be allowed until 11:00 PM. Alcohol sales are still prohibited. It is worth noting that the announcement is still a draft and no decision regarding the implementation has yet been made.

Fewer provinces will be categorized in the dark red zones, according to the CCSA. The province rezoning is still under the discussion with a full CCSA meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha, and is expected to be officially announced tomorrow.

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