Thailand announces 16,994 daily Covid-19 infections with 124 additional deaths today

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Thailand reported a total of 16,994 daily Covid-19 infections with 124 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced today, April 18th.

The fatalities were 66 men, and 58 women with the highest rate in Bangkok with 22. All of them were Thai nationals. The age range was between 5 months and 103 years old.

Most of them were reported with underlying health conditions, including cancer (5), kidney disease (24), obesity (11), stroke (16), and heart disease (25). 15 of the fatalities were bedridden patients.

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Of the new cases, 16,847 were found in hospitals and medical services (which includes contact tracing cases), 49 were from a proactive approach at previously reported clusters, 22 were from prisons, and the remaining 76 were imported cases.

A number of 205,514 patients are still under treatment/isolation/medical care. Of that, 2,123 patients are in critical condition including 939 on ventilators. This is roughly 1.03 percent of cases that are critical while 44.22 percent of that are critical enough for a ventilator.

Regarding the non-prison local infections, the highest number of patients were reported in Bangkok with 2,943, followed by Chonburi with 704, Nonthaburi with 599, Nakhon Sri Thammarat with 547, Samut Prakan with 522, Khon Kaen with 483.

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A total number of 18,235 people nationwide have received Covid-19 vaccines in the past 24 hours. Of that, 2,638 people had received their first shots, 2,947 people had received their second shots, and 12,650 people had received their third shots. This is roughly 80.5% of the total Thai population who have had their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, 72.9% who have had a second shot and are fully vaccinated, and 36.0% have had a third booster shot.

As of today, 25,910 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 4,046,953 cases with 3,814,433 recoveries and a total of 27,006 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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On the first day of work after Songkran, the Ministry of Public Health encouraged the public to work from home for at least 5 to 7 days and conduct self ATK tests before going to workplaces to prevent the rise of Covid-19 daily infections after a long holiday.

Chakrarat Pittayawonganon, director of the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Disease Control, said: “After Songkran, the number of critical patients may increase by 20 to 30 percent, but this certainly may not the highest number. However, there was also an outpatient treatment system and home isolation that would potentially help reduce the hospital density.”

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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.