There were 147 more Covid-19 fatalities and 18,901 new cases in Thailand on Monday, the Public Health Ministry reported on Tuesday morning — the second-highest daily increment after the 18,912 found on July 31.
Of the 18,901 new cases, 18,158 were in the general population and 743 among prison inmates.
Over the 24-hour period, 18,590 Covid-19 patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals.
The Department of Disease Control reported later that the 147 new fatalities were 140 Thais and seven Myanmar nationals aged 34-99. Two died at home in Bangkok and Pathum Thani.
Seventy of the deceased had hypertension and 48 suffered diabetes. Sixty-four either lived in or visited outbreak areas and 34 contracted the virus from family members.
Bangkok logged 55 new fatalities while there were 34 deaths in nearby provinces – 11 in Pathum Thani, eight in Samut Sakhon, six in Nakhon Pathom, five in Nonthaburi and four in Samut Prakan.
Southern provinces recorded 19 deaths – seven in Pattani, five in Songkhla, two each in Narathiwat and Nakhon Si Thammarat and one each in Yala, Trang and Ranong.
Northeastern provinces reported 10 new fatalities – four in Roi Et, three in Chaiyaphum and one each in Nakhon Ratchasima, Yasothon and Surin.
Central provinces had 16 new deaths – three each in Chanthaburi and Ang Thong, two each in Chon Buri, Prachin Buri and Saraburi and one each in Phetchaburi, Rayong, Sa Kaeo and Prachuap Khiri Khan.
More clusters found
The 18,901 new cases over the past 24 hours included 18,151 local infections and seven imported cases.
Of the local infections, 15,176 were confirmed at hospitals and 2,975 via mass testing.
Bangkok logged 3,566 new cases, followed by 1,361 in Samut Prakan, 1,359 in Chon Buri, 1,282 in Samut Sakhon, 565 in Nonthaburi, 465 in Pathum Thani, 454 in Nakhon Ratchasima, 448 in Ubon Ratchathani, 405 in Buri Ram and 382 in Sa Kaeo.
Greater Bangkok had 7,553 new cases and 88 new fatalities. Four southern border provinces had 678 new cases and 15 new deaths. The remaining 67 provinces recorded 9,920 new cases and 42 fatalities.
Samut Sakhon found two new clusters – 19 cases at a plastic bag factory and 11 cases at a food can factory in Muang district.
Nakhon Pathom had a new cluster of 10 cases at a concrete company in Bang Len district and Kanchanaburi had a new cluster of 24 cases at a corn factory in Muang district.
The seven imported cases were from China (1), the United States (1), Turkey (1), Cambodia (2) and Myanmar (2).
On Monday, 209,039 patients received treatment for Covid-19 at hospitals. Of them, 4,893 were seriously ill and 1,046 were dependent on ventilators.
Since April 1, around when the third wave of Covid-19 began, there have been 623,322 Covid-19 patients, 410,405 of whom have recovered.
Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 652,185 Covid-19 cases, 437,831 of whom recovered.
The death toll was at 5,221 in the third wave and 5,315 from the beginning of the pandemic early last year.
Global surge continues
Global Covid-19 cases rose by 476,630 in 24 hours to 199.59 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 7,750 to 4.25 million. The US had the most cases at 35.89 million, up 56,369, and the most deaths at 629,862, up 213.
Thailand ranked 42nd globally. It showed a ratio of 9,318 cases to 1 million population while the corresponding figure in the US was 107,760, the United Kingdom 86,452, Malaysia 34,928, India 22,747 and Indonesia 12,516.
Thailand had 76 Covid-19 fatalities per 1 million people while the ratios were 1,900 in the UK, 1,891 in the US, 352 in Indonesia, 305 in India and 287 in Malaysia