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FILE PHOTO: Temple workers carry a coffin containing a body of a man who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during his funeral at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand April 24, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand on Monday reported a new daily record of 31 coronavirus deaths, the health ministry said, as the Southeast Asian country grapples with a third wave of infections.

 

After managing to largely control the virus for around a year through shutdowns and strict border controls, Thailand has faced a spike in cases since early April that is proving harder to control and putting pressure on parts of the medical system.

 

The ministry reported 2,041 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total number to 71,025 since the pandemic began last year. The total number of fatalities now stands at 276.

 

The new outbreak, which includes the highly transmissible B.1.1.7 variant first detected in Britain, has accounted for more than half of total cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic.

 

Thailand aims to have 70% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the year, though the rollout of vaccines has been slower compared with some neighbouring countries.

 

Registration for vaccinating the general public began on Saturday, with about 16 million people aged over 60 or those with pre-existing medical conditions getting priority.

 

Mass inoculations are set to begin in June, when the first batch of what is targetted to reach 61 million locally manufactured AstraZeneca doses becomes available.

 

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Ed Davies)

 

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The past weekend Thailand overtook the UK on new infections and deaths.   The UK have now given at least 1 vaccine shot to over 50% of the population, and are still doing over 1 million test

Number is going up again, slowly but going up. I wonder how bad it would have been without the measures in place.   Too bad that this happend but letting Songkran happen was not a good idea.

Not long now and Thailand will be in the top 100 covid countries. Can't hear any bragging going on about how well Thailand has done. The Prayut fanboys on this forum have been decidedly quite on this

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Just days after publicly declaring Thailand’s latest COVID outbreak had peaked and was stabilizing downward, the country on Monday reported a record 31 new deaths and new cases that rose for the third consecutive day to 2,041, the highest daily total in the past six days.

 

The 31 new deaths reported Monday exceeded Thailand’s prior highest daily deaths toll by 10, eclipsing the 21 deaths that had been reported on each of the past two days, and bringing the country’s cumulative number of COVID deaths to 276.

 

Monday’s update also brought Thailand’s total reported COVID case count since the pandemic began in early 2020 to 70,425. Since declaring last Friday that the country had turned the corner on its latest outbreak, the successive daily COVID new case totals have been 1,583, 1,891, 1,940 and then today’s 2,041 tally.

 

At last report on Sunday, the country also had 954 COVID patients hospitalized in critical condition, including 270 of those requiring ventilators in order to breathe. That number has almost doubled over the past eight days and has been climbing higher almost every day.

 

 

 

Yes they were wrong about it stabilizing downwards. Still the increase is not that bad yet. But they were wrong for sure. I wonder if it will go down anytime soon. I also wonder how long hospitals can take this. Its not as if the hospitals are flush with cash. Plus the private ones don't want to help too much as it does not make them much money.

 

I wonder how long before healthcare will be in serious problems. Then again after a few weeks of the same amount of people getting in the discharge rate will be the same. Provided we keep these numbers and don't go up too much.

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Authorities warn that Khlong Toey could become a ‘disaster zone'

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Thailand’s Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Ministry of Public Health are racing against time to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the Klong Toey slums, officials in both organizations said Monday.

 

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Repatriate the Thais from India and other places from all over the world for more infections, and vaccinate with a moderate  working vaccine. Prayuth for he happiness of this country and its people

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47 per cent of hotels could stay open for less than three months

 

A survey of the hotel industry found that 47 per cent of hotels have liquidity to keep their business afloat for less than three months.

 

The confidence index of hotel business operators in April 2021, published by the Bank of Thailand, surveyed 188 hotels nationwide from April 12-26. Of the hotels surveyed, 30 are alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facilities.

 

Fifty-six establishments reported more than a 20 per cent decline in liquidity compared to the previous month, due to the latest Covid-19 wave, while 47 per cent said their liquidity situation could keep their hotels open for less than three months.

 

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Movement in Thailand hit a 4-month peak around the Songkran holiday - near the start of a COVID-19 wave that killed as many people in the last week as in the previous year. Mobility shown by Apple data has now plummeted, but not yet to last year's low.
 
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