This morning, Thailand’s public health department announced 34 more deaths and 4,803 new Covid infections in the past 24 hours. A staggering 2,702 new cases have emerged from overcrowded prisons in Thailand. More than 30 people have died each day from Covid-related causes in the past 4 days.
Bangkok has had 1,054 reported cases in the past 24 hours and shows an increasing trend, while most provinces decrease the number of new cases over the past week.
Here are the provincial totals, more news below …
A total of 120,916 people in Thailand have now been infected with Covid since the start of the pandemic.
• Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has given new assurances that all Thais will receive Covid-19 vaccinations.
He said the government was initially trying to manage supplies so that those who need it most can be vaccinated first. There are several priority groups that need urgent immunization, especially those that need to work closely together. The Prime Minister promised that anyone who signed up for vaccination with the “Mor Prom” app, before it was revamped, or other new apps introduced by the government, will receive their vaccination as scheduled.
He said there were 25 vaccination sites in Bangkok and that the supplies would be distributed month after month, to ensure a more efficient and targeted distribution. If a new outbreak occurs in a particular area, the vaccine allocation plan may need to be adjusted. – NBT
• Thailand added the Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use after Thai FDA approval yesterday. Biogenetech submitted an application for registration which was reviewed by the FDA until approval was obtained yesterday. Sinopharm, developed in China, joins Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna to be officially approved for use in Thailand.
The approval was announced shortly after it was revealed that Princess Chulabhorn had negotiated a private lot Sinopharm’s 1 million vaccine for the Chulabhorn Royal Acadamy it sponsors, is expected to arrive next month. Princess Chulabhorn is one of HM the King’s sisters.
The statement appeared to surprise government officials, as they were apparently unaware of the deal until the announcement. The academy was not registered with the FDA to import Covid-19 vaccines, nor did it have a drug import permit. A total of 20 million Sinopharm vaccines have been arranged for sale from Accap Assets to the Royal Academy.
• Malaysia returns to a full lock for 2 weeks, starting this Tuesday. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced the nationwide ‘total lockdown’ as the country battles a new wave of Covid-19.
The lockdown will run from June 1 to 14 and only essential and emergency services will remain operational.
• A new cluster of 800 infections were detected in Samut Prakan, directly southeast of Bangkok, after assuming Covid had spread to a high-density complex of 8,000 people.
The district chief led a team of public health and immigration officials to test more than 8,000 Thai and foreign workers, mostly Burmese, living in the Sin Charoen Thani residential complex. Some of the residents work in the Bang Pu industrial zone where hundreds of people have already tested positive.
SOURCES: FRB | Bangkok Post | NBT
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