RECAP: Thailand reports 3,537 daily Covid-19 infections with 41 additional deaths today

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Thailand discovered a total of 3,537 daily Covid-19 infections with 41 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported today, December 17th.

The fatalities were 21 men and 20 women with the most numbers recorded in Chiang Mai and Nakhon Sri Thammarat with 6. 39 of them were Thai nationals and one of each was a Myanmar and British national. The age range was between 24 and 93 years old.

Most of them were reported with underlying health conditions, including hypertension (23), diabetes (19), hyperlipidemia (11), obesity (10), and kidney disease (6). Two of the fatalities were bedridden patients.

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Of the new cases, 3,293 were found in hospitals and medical services (which includes contact tracing cases), 45 were from a proactive approach at previously reported clusters, 182 were from prisons, and the remaining 17 were imported cases.

A number of 43,479 patients are still under treatment/isolation/medical care. Of that, 972 patients are in critical condition including 254 on ventilators. This is roughly 2.23 percent of cases that are critical while 26.1 percent of that is critical enough for a ventilator.

Regarding the non-prison local infections, the highest number of patients were reported in Bangkok with 578, followed by Nakhon Sri Thammarat with 208, Chonburi with 166, Songkhla with 137, Samut Prakan with 128, and Surat Thani with 89.

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A total number of 416,336 people nationwide have received Covid-19 vaccines in the past 24 hours. Of that, 110,704 people had received their first shots, 162,632 people had received their second shots, and 143,000 people had received their third shots. This is roughly 69.8% of the total Thai population who have had their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, 61.0% who have had a second shot and are fully vaccinated, and 6.3% have had a third booster shot.

As of today, 5,459 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 2,185,497 cases with 2,120,691 recoveries and a total of 21,233 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.