Thailand logged 6,595 new Covid-19 cases and 53 new fatalities during the previous 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday morning.
The number of new cases dropped by 260 from 6,855 announced on Friday but the death toll increased by two from 51.
On Friday, 8,478 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals.
Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 2,057,575 Covid-19 cases, 1,949,332 of whom recovered.
The death toll stood at 20,264 in the third wave and 20,358 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Since April 1, when the third wave of Covid-19 began, Thailand has treated 2,028,712 Covid-19 patients, 1,921,906 of whom have recovered.
The single-day death toll peaked at 312 on Aug 18 while the number cases in a day hit a record high at 23,418 on Aug 13.
As of Friday, 88.33 million vaccine doses have been administered — 46.47 million (64.5%) as the first dose, 38,83 million (53.9%) as the second, and 3.03 million (4.2%) as the booster shot.
On Friday, 676,048 vaccine doses were administered — 224,587 the first dose, 414,568 the second dose and 36,893 the third shot.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said the 53 deaths reported on Friday were aged 7-90. Three of them were Myanmar nationals and the rest were Thais. The youngest was a child in Songkhla with thalassemia.
Bangkok saw nine new deaths, up three from the previous day. Another death was reported in the adjacent province of Samut Prakan, down by one from the day before.
The South reported 14 more deaths, down 10 from the previous day. They were in Songkhla (5), Pattani (4), Phatthalung (2), Yala (2) and Chumphon (1).
The Northeast had 13 new fatalities, up 11 from the previous day
Other central plains provinces further from the capital recorded 10 more deaths in Kanchanaburi (2), Chanthaburi (2), Chon Buri (2), Chachoengsao (1), Ayutthaya (1), Lop Buri (1) and Saraburi (1).
The North saw 13 deaths, up nine from the previous day. They were in Chiang Rai (3), Chiang Mai (3), Nakhon Sawan (2), Tak (1), Nan (1), Phayao (1), Phrae (1), Uttaradit (1).
The Northeast had six deaths, down by one from the previous day, in Ubon Ratchathani (3), Kalasin (1), Chaiyaphum (1) and Udon Thani (1).
The 6,595 new cases logged on Friday comprised 6,577 local infections and 18 imported cases. Of the local infections, 6,142 were confirmed at hospitals, 215 via mass testing at communities and 220 at prisons.
Bangkok continued to lead the daily infections at 768, down 38 from the previous day, followed by Songkhla 514 (-128), Nakhon Si Thammarat 380 (-32), Chiang Mai 344 (+68), Surat Thani 233 (unchanged), Samut Prakan 210 (-17), Pattani 196 (-26), Chon Buri 178 (-45), Yala 151 (-18) and Trang 136 (+12).
The 18 imported cases were one each from Russia, Japan, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Laos; two each from Germany, the United Kingdom, Cambodia and Myanmar; and four from Malaysia. By nationality, they were a Russian, a German, a Dutchman, a Japanese man, an Austrian man, two Myanmar nationals and 11 Thais. Among them, the two Myanmar nationals and one of the Thais entered the country illegally via natural border crossings.
On Friday, 87,885 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals, down 1,927 from the previous day. Among them, 1,635 were critically ill (-51) and 389 were dependent on ventilators (-8).
In terms of arrivals, the CCSA said from Nov 1, when Thailand reopened to foreign visitors, 74,401 people entered the country as of Friday.
By nationality, the largest group was from the United States (9,894), followed by those from Germany (7,727), the United Kingdom (3,772), Japan (3,343), South Korea (2,814), France (2,768), Russia (2,631), the United Arab Emirates (2,044), Israel (1,953) and Switzerland (1,806).
Of the total, 98 people, or 0.13%, tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
A breakdown showed 47 of the infected visitors were under the no-quarantine Test & Go programme, which attracted 56,315 people.
Another 28 visitors arrived under the Sandbox programme from a total of 14,675 and 23 were quarantined from a total of 3,411.
Global Covid-19 cases rose by 592,120 in 24 hours to 256.93 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 7,461 to 5.15 million. The United States had the most cases at 48.52 million, up 111,829 .
Thailand ranked 24th globally with 2.05 million cases.