Thailand on Sunday logged 11 new deaths, a record high that included a pregnant woman, raising the toll to 140.
The government recorded 2,438 new coronavirus cases, all but five contracted locally, bringing the accumulated total of confirmed cases since the pandemic began to 55,460.
Although the number of new infections logged by the government during the 24-hour period ending at 11.59pm on Saturday was lower than the previous day, the Covid-related body count broke the record for the second consecutive day after Saturday’s toll of eight.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said the deceased included a 32-year-old woman in Bangkok who was 25-weeks pregnant.
Medical records of underlying diseases such as obesity were found for all but two of the victims.
Bangkok registered the highest number of new confirmed cases — 1,078 — followed by 163 in Chiang Mai, 115 in Nonthaburi, 77 in Samut Prakan and 75 in Chon Buri.
The five imported cases were three new arrivals from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt and one from India.
CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the third wave of the pandemic in Thailand has now accumulated more infections that the second outbreak that ran from mid-December last year to March this year.
The outbreak that that spread from entertainment venues early this month has now produced 26,597 cases in 25 days, compared with 24,626 in the previous outbreak.
The new wave has now killed 46 people, compared with 34 in the previous outbreak triggered by a cluster at the Central Shrimp Market in Muang district of Samut Sakhon., according to the spokesman.