RECAP: Thailand finds 2,773 domestic infections and 6,835 cases in major prisons nationwide, reaching highest number of daily infections thus far since Covid-19 pandemic began in Thailand

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Thailand reported 2,773 new Covid-19 domestic infections and 6,835 confirmed cases in major prisons nationwide, cumulatively marking a total of 9,635 daily infections, with 25 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced this morning, May 13th. This reaches the highest number of daily infections thus far in Thailand since the Covid-19 pandemic began last year.

The fatalities were 15 men and 10 women from Bangkok (18), Suphan Buri (1), Sukhothai (1), Samut Sakhon (1), Samut Prakan (1), Nonthaburi (1), Nakhon Sawan (1), and Chainat (1). The age range was between 33 and 86 years old.

Most of them were reported with underlying health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, past strokes, heart disease, liver disease, obesity, chronic lung disease, and cancer. Five of them refused to expose their health conditions.

The highest number of infections were discovered in eight major prisons in Thailand after the Department of Corrections has conducted Covid-19 tests over the past few weeks. According to the Department of Corrections, the cases reported today were not in one day but over a roughly two-week period of time.

During 1 – 16 May, a total of 10,748 infections were discovered; 6,749 were from five major prisons in Bangkok, namely Bangkok Remand Prison, Women’s Correctional Institution, Klong Prem Central Prison, Thanyaburi District Prison, and Central Correctional Institution For Drug Addicts; 798 were from Chachoengsao Central Prison; 2,661 were from Nonthaburi Central Prison; 3,929 were from Chiang Mai Central Prison.

Corrections Department Director-general Aryut Sinthoppan stated that the department is currently set up to track numbers of infected and recovered inmates. The infections are also categorized and isolated according to the severity of symptoms. Officials are also required to conduct swab tests every seven days. About 12,000 staff members have been vaccinated. More vaccinations are requested for inoculation among prison officials and inmates nationwide.

Regarding domestic infections, the first group of 4,704 local infections was discovered in Bangkok. Six of them were reportedly connected to entertainment venues, 63 were connected from community markets and villages, 3,274 were from being in close contact with confirmed infected patients(many in prisons), and the other 1,361 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 567 cases that were reported in Bangkok’s vicinity. 123 of them were reportedly connected to community markets and villages, 317 were from being close contact with confirmed infected patients, and the other 127 cases were connected to other risky places.

The last group includes 4,355 domestic infections that were found in other provinces. 11 of them were connected to community markets and villages, 4,166 were from being in close contact with confirmed infected patients(almost all prisons), and 178 of them were connected to other risky places. The majority of the group was discovered in Samut Prakan with 155, followed by Pathum Thani with 146, Nonthaburi with 129, Samut Sakhon with 53, and Chonburi with 45.

As of today, 1,397 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 111,082 cases with 67,200 recoveries and a total of 614 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 19,940 people received their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccination and another 2,218 people received their second shot yesterday, marking a total number of 2,264,308 vaccinated people in Thailand who have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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