2,631 new cases of Covid-19 and 31 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Since April 1, the last wave of infections in Thailand, the CCSA has recorded 143,116 Covid-19 infections and 1,083 deaths. In total, there have been 171,979 Covid infections and 1,177 Covid-related deaths reported in Thailand since the start of the pandemic last year.
Of the new cases, 189 were detected in Thai prisons, adding to the thousands of cases among inmates. More than a dozen prisons have reported outbreaks of Covid-19, prompting the Thai government to consider tackling the long-standing problem of overcrowded prisons.
Of the 31 deaths reported by the CCSA today, patient ages ranged from 17 to 97 years. Most of the patients were in Bangkok and many had underlying hypertension.
Restrictions remain strict in Bangkok, the epicenter of the latest wave of cases with more than 40,000 Covid-19 infections reported since April 1. Today, 824 cases have been reported in Bangkok. There are now 52 Covid-19 clusters in 32 districts of Bangkok.
The CCSA also reported 460 in Pathum Thani, 202 in Samut Prakan, 198 in Phetchaburi, 153 in Nonthaburi and 101 Chon Buri.
Many cases have been concentrated in overcrowded areas such as factories, construction camps, markets, slum areas and informal settlements. At a chicken processing plant in Pathum Thani, 854 of 2,073 workers have tested positive for Covid-19. In Samut Prakan, 27 of 415 workers at a bleaching plant have tested positive for Covid-19.
In factories where workers lived on site, the Department of Disease Control became concerned. Some workers often gathered and shared cups, according to a CCSA spokesperson.
âThe disease was found on coolers and workers celebrated after work. They shared cigarettes.
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SOURCE: CCLT | Bangkok Post
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