RECAP: Thailand reports 2,917 new Covid-19 domestic infections and 17 deaths, with vast majority in Bangkok, Tak Bai cluster confirmed with Covid B.1351 variant

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Thailand discovered 2,917 new Covid-19 domestic infections and 460 confirmed cases in major prisons nationwide, cumulatively marking a total of 3,382 daily infections, with 17 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced this morning, May 23rd.

The fatalities were 13 men and 4 women from Bangkok (15), Songkhla (1), and Chiang Mai (1). The age range was between 38 and 85 years old.

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

Regarding the 2,917 non-prison local infections, the highest numbers of patients were reported in Bangkok with 983, followed by Phetchaburi with 968(driven by a factory), Samut Prakan with 181, Nonthaburi with 107, and Chachoengsao with 103. Chonburi reported 91 domestic infections today.

The CCSA today also confirmed the discovery of the Covid B.1351 variant, which was originally reported in South Africa, among three out of 83 local residents in the Tak Bai District of Narathiwat province since May 4th.

The index case was a 32-year-old Thai businessman whose mother, Malaysian wife, and son were traveling undocumented via a natural border to visit him between April 12th and May 4th. All of them reportedly already returned to Malaysia.

He first experienced suspicious symptoms of high fever, stomachache, and body ache on April 26th. He only bought medicine and did not seek the proper medical treatment at a hospital. He sought medical treatment and was admitted to Tak Bai hospital for one night on April 30th as his condition became worse.

He continued to visit several local hospitals for treatment at the beginning of May. After his family returned to Malaysia on May 4th, he then visited a private hospital in Yala province, where he tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. He was transferred to Narathiwat Ratchanakharin Hospital on the following day.

The Public Health officials then began a proactive approach among his family members and close contacts. A total of 83 infections were found. 81 of them were reported in Tak Bai district, one in Su-ngai Kolok district, and another one in Waeng district. Of that, three have tested positive for the Covid-19 B.1351 variant. All of the patients were treated and closely monitored by medical officials while the town was placed under lockdown for strict health screenings, the CCSA stated.

As of today, 2,131 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 129,500 cases with 84,535 recoveries and a total of 682 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 48,939 people received their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccination and another 4,603 people received their second shot yesterday, marking a total number of 2,865,091 vaccinated people in Thailand who have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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