BANGKOK, April 24 (Bernama): Thailand on Saturday recorded 2,839 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day virus-cases for a second consecutive day as the authorities assured sufficient hospital beds amid a third wave of infections, the country’s worst outbreak yet.
Its Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said the new cases brings the total infections to 53,022 since the pandemic started last year, and over the last 24 hours, Thailand also recorded eight new fatalities, also a record high for deaths in a day and bringing total deaths to 129.
Of the new cases, he said 2,827 were local transmissions and 12 imported cases.
He said Bangkok topped the list with the highest number of cases at 1,582 followed by Chiang Mai (151), Chonburi (118), Nonthaburi (96) and Samut Prakan (84).
He said the third wave has recorded 24,159 cases and 35 fatalities in just 24 days.
“To date, a total of 22,327 people remain hospitalised including 17,924 in hospitals and 4,403 in field hospitals. There are another 418 people in serious condition while 113 are on ventilators, ” he said at the daily COVID-19 daily here today.
He added that the new fatalities involved six men and two women – all Thais aged between 48 and 89 years. All patients had underlying health conditions except the 48-year-old patient who had obesity.
On hospital beds, Taweesin reassured that there were enough hospital bed in the kingdom to deal with the surge of Covid-19 cases.
He said there are a total of 40,524 beds in hospitals and field hospitals with 21,138 still vacant.
As the Covid-19 cases continue to surge, he said the public health ministry is adding more hospital beds.
The rapid surge in infections sparked hospital bed shortage concerns as Thailand requires all Covid-19 patients to be admitted and treated at hospitals to reduce transmission.
Local media reported that Bangkok had 262 beds in intensive care units (ICUs) and only 69 were unoccupied. If Covid-19 infections continue to rise by 1,500 cases a day, all ICU beds in Bangkok would be occupied in six to eight days.
To halt the spread of Covid-19, wearing of face masks in public spaces is compulsory in 42 provinces including Phuket, Pattani, Songkhla, Kanchanaburi and Samut Sakhon.
Besides that, all shopping complexes and community malls in red zone areas including Bangkok will only be allowed to open from 11 am to 8 pm starting tomorrow until May 2 while supermarkets and cafeterias have to close at 9 pm. Convenience stores will be open from 5 am to 10 pm.
Meanwhile, in a televised address last night, Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-O-Cha reassured that the government can handle the latest outbreak in the country.
“People must not lower their guard and (instead) follow measures issued by the CCSA. This helps ease the burden on medical personnel and the COVID-19 situation should be under control soon, ” he said. – Bernama