RECAP: Thailand finds 1,879 new domestic infections and 1,498 confirmed cases in prisons nationwide with 29 additional deaths with underlying conditions in past 24 hours

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Thailand reported 1,879 new Covid-19 domestic infections and 1,498 confirmed cases in major prisons nationwide, cumulatively marking a total of 3,394 daily infections, with 29 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, CCSA assistant spokesperson Apisamai Srirangsan announced this morning, May 19th.

The fatalities were 19 men and 10 women from Bangkok (14), Samut Prakan (5), Pathum Thani (2), Chachoengsao (1), Lampun (1), Chonburi (1), Saraburi (1), Nakhon Pathom (1), Kampangpeth (1), Nongkhai (1), and Nonthaburi (1). The age range was between 42 and 92 years old.

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

Regarding domestic infections, the first group of 2,003 local infections was discovered in Bangkok. Three of them were reportedly connected to entertainment venues, 160 were connected from community markets and villages, 1,481 were from being in close contact with confirmed infected patients (many in prisons), and the other 359 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 848 cases that were reported in Bangkok’s vicinity. One of them was reportedly connected to entertainment venues, 28 were from community markets and villages, 550 were from being close contact with confirmed infected patients, and the other 269 cases were connected to other risky places.

The last group includes 526 domestic infections that were found in other provinces. One of them was reportedly connected to entertainment venues, 31 were connected from community markets and villages, 263 were from being in close contact with confirmed infected patients (many in prisons), and 231 of them were connected to other risky places. The majority of the group was discovered in Samut Prakan with 153, followed by Nonthaburi with 130, Pathum Thani with 119, and Phetchaburi with 76. Chonburi reported 39 domestic infections in the past 24 hours.

Bangkok reported 5 new clusters in the Bang Kapi market, a construction worker camp in Bang Kho Laem district, an ice factory in Chatuchak district, a construction worker camp in the Don Mueng district, and a warehouse in the Bang Sue district. The city now has 34 active clusters in 20 districts that are under strict surveillance and proactive approach by the public health authorities.

As of today, 4,450 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 116,949 cases with 74,398 recoveries and a total of 678 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 64,739 people received their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccination and another 39,911 people received their second shot yesterday, marking a total number of 2,445,645 vaccinated people in Thailand who have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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