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Thailand Covid 19 UPDATE

Thailand logged 242 more Covid-19 fatalities and 17,491 new cases over the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Monday morning.

The 24-hour new caseload was the lowest since July 30.

On Sunday, 22,134 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals — significantly more than the number of confirmed new infections.

During its afternoon briefing, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said 93% of the deaths on Sunday were either citizens aged 60 or over and/or patients with chronic diseases.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin urged all senior citizens, people living with chronic health conditions and pregnant women to be vaccinated as they were the most vulnerable groups.

Bangkok led fatalities with 79 cases, with another 47 reported in its neighbouring provinces of Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Nakhon Pathom, according to the CCSA.

The capital logged 3,472 of the 17,484 total infections reported on Monday, while Samut Sakhon came second with 1,396 cases and Samut Prakan registered 1,296 cases.

Of the total 17,484 cases, 17,093 were in the general population and 398 among prison inmates.ad

The country also imported three cases from Myanmar, two from Malaysia and one each from Cambodia and Israel.

The Israeli case was a man vacationing in Phuket under the sandbox project. He tested positive on Saturday, the CCSA said.

Since April 1, around when the third wave of Covid-19 began, there have been 1,037,923 Covid-19 patients, 834,344 of whom have so far recovered.

A total of 1,066,786 Covid-19 cases have been registered since the pandemic started early last year, with 861,989 recoveries to date.

The death toll was at 9,468 in the third wave and 9,562 from the beginning of the pandemic early last year.

The all-time high number of 24-hour Covid-19 cases was the 23,418 reported on Aug 13, and the record high of daily fatalities was the 312 reported on Aug 18.

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