Thailand reports 2,040 new, confirmed Covid-19 domestic infections with 27 additional deaths in past 24 hours

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Thailand reported 2,040 domestic infections among a total of 2,044 new, confirmed Covid-19 cases with 27 additional deaths in the past 24 hours, CCSA assistant spokesperson Panprapa Yongtrakul announced this morning, May 7th.

The fatalities were 15 men and 12 women from Bangkok (18), Nonthaburi (2), Samut Prakan (2), Pathum Thani (1), Chaiyaphom (1), Chachoengsao (1), Ranong (1), and Rayong (1). The age range was between 30 and 90 years old.

Most of them were reported with underlying health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, obesity, chronic lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, past stroke, chronic liver disease, cancer, and brain disease. Five of them were bedridden patients, another five refused to expose their health conditions, and one was reported with drug abuse.

Regarding domestic infections, the first group of 869 local infections was discovered in Bangkok. Six of them were reportedly connected to entertainment venues, 19 were from community markets and villages, 301 were from being in close contact with confirmed infected patients, and the other 543 infections were connected to other risky places. Other risky places are generally those such as private house parties, drinking circles, workplaces without sufficient social distancing measures like some construction or factories, densely packed communities like migrant workers camps, crowded markets or temples, and similar locations.

The second group includes 503 cases that were reported in Bangkok’s vicinity. Three of them were reportedly connected to entertainment venues, 18 were from community markets and villages, 416 were from being close contact with confirmed infected patients, and the other 66 cases were connected to other risky places.

The last group includes 668 domestic infections that were found in other provinces. Two of them were connected to entertainment venues, 16 were from community markets and villages, 386 were from being in close contact with confirmed infected patients, and 264 of them were connected to other risky places. The majority of the group was discovered in Nonthaburi with 201, followed by Samut Prakan with 165 (mostly in a factory), Chonburi with 89, and Samut Sakhon with 69.

Today’s CCSA daily meeting also mentioned the vaccine distribution in Thailand. According to deputy government spokesperson Trisulee Trisaranakul, Pfizer Company will deliver their Covid-19 vaccine in the fourth quarter of 2021 and they will only seek authorization with the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) once an agreement and documents have been reached before potentially dealing with the distribution with the government only in their initial step.

Deputy spokesperson of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Natapanu Nopakun, also restated Prime Minister Prayut Cha-O’Cha’s statement last month that Covid-19 vaccines allocation will be available for every people in Thailand regardless of their nationality, following a lot of inquiries about the vaccination distribution plan whether it includes foreign resident living in Thailand. However, the exact specifics for how foreigners can sign up, the process, the qualifications, the timeframe, and other questions are not yet answered.

As of today, 2,377 people fully recovered in the past 24 hours and have been released from field hospitals and quarantine centers. Thailand has now reached a total of 78,855 cases with 49,172 recoveries and a total of 363 deaths since the start of the pandemic. About 33,539 people received their first shot of a Covid-19 vaccination and another 16,410 people received their second shot yesterday, marking a total number of 1,651,782 vaccinated people in Thailand who have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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