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Rate of national infections continues to fall

Rate of national infections continues to fall

THAILAND: The government today (Apr 22) reported 15 new cases of coronavirus disease, raising the national total to 2,826, and one more death since the virus struck - a Thai woman with a chronic ailment whose daughter had earlier been infected.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 02:16PM

An official tells commuters to keep their distance from each other at the passenger boat pier in Bang Kapi district of Bangkok today (Apr 22), when the government reported only 15 new cases of COVID-19 infection. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

An official tells commuters to keep their distance from each other at the passenger boat pier in Bang Kapi district of Bangkok today (Apr 22), when the government reported only 15 new cases of COVID-19 infection. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, said the number of new cases continued to fall.

Over the past three days the number of infections had dropped from 27 to 19, and now 15, he said.

The latest figure was a cause for national pride, showing that people were cooperating by staying at home to curb the spread of the disease.

“It is a small success, but it is not over yet because the crisis is worldwide and will continue,” he said.

The latest fatality was a person also suffering from diabetes, hypertension, high blood cholesterol and obesity, and was one of the many deaths of people with chronic diseases.

The 58-year-old woman fell sick on March 20 with a fever, phlegm, runny nose and cough. Her daughter had been previously infected. On March 28, her COVID-19 test came back positive.

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During treatment her condition worsened, with fatigue, shortness of breath and diarrhoea before her death yesterday (Apr 21), Dr Taweesilp said.

The new 15 cases included 10 people in close contact with earlier patients, a salesperson, a cargo transport worker, a worker close to tourists, a returnee and a visitor to crowded places.

Over the previous 24 hours, 244 patients who had recovered were discharged.

“The three-digit figure is highly satisfactory,” Dr Taweesilp said.

Of the 2,826 accumulated cases, 2,352 had recovered and been discharged, he said.

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Christy Sweet | 25 April 2020 - 20:04:40

These figures are meaningless without knowing how many have been tested, and how accurate were the tests because many are not. It does seem  Thai's penchant for masks may well have saved us all. 

ematt | 25 April 2020 - 19:23:12

Wow - who knew there were so many expatriate epidemiologists living in Phuket? What an amazing coincidence!

Pu Li | 25 April 2020 - 11:30:36

Well done Phuket and Thailand.

LALALA | 25 April 2020 - 11:00:30

And as I not trust 1. Thais and 2. Governments I especially do not trust anything what is expressed by the Thai Government.... this is ... your are correct Hubert K.. my nature.

LALALA | 25 April 2020 - 10:56:27

Gerry T, not really... Thailand need to open its borders for people to resume tourism which contributes heavily to Thailand's GDP. Other countries can live with opening borders for business travel, import / export of goods etc. and survive with a functional domestic market and lifting internal restrictions. Thailand and especially Phuket as a tourist destination simply can not.  

Kurt | 25 April 2020 - 10:35:16

HubertK, I guess it is not about negative- or positive statistics.  But about true statistics, something this country has not really a reputation about. Here it are mostly 'dream/massage statistics'.  Think about TAT statistics , for example.

Kurt | 25 April 2020 - 09:51:17

GerryT, Praise what is good, but don't close eyes for what is not good and should be improved. Nevermind what country. Bt the way, the S'pore dormitories are luxurious accommodations compared with the thai golf steel plate ovens for domestic workers.

HubertK | 25 April 2020 - 09:31:28

Those who applaud negative statistics about Thailand are the same who doubt all positive statistics about Thailand. It's their nature.

GerryT81 | 24 April 2020 - 22:17:40

" They need to bring the cases down to open ...." Isn't that exactly what every country tries to do in order to ignite the limping economy ?

DeKaaskopp | 24 April 2020 - 20:31:44

..tens of thousands cases only because there are about 70 million people living here.Even you should know by now that the spread of the virus is not related to the size of a country.But you are probably so fed up with Thailand that you won't take off your blinkers.

DeKaaskopp | 24 April 2020 - 20:19:59

@lalala   If you think with simple mathematics you could calculate the real figures then you are definitely not the brightest. If you look at "Worldometers" you would learn that comparing one county with another is useless.And yes,there are still undetected cases in Thailand.Same as in every other country of the world.But that doesn't mean Thailand should have ten of thousands cases ...

LALALA | 24 April 2020 - 19:07:29

sorry typo with = without...

LALALA | 24 April 2020 - 19:02:50

Dek, do you understand simple mathematics ? The ratio test/capita is way higher in Singapore than in Thailand. Hence it can be expected that if Thailand would test the same way the confirmed cases here would be much higher. The problem is that Thailand can not survive with the income of tourism. They need to bring the cases down to open the market to China asap. 

DeKaaskopp | 24 April 2020 - 14:47:25

Kurt,your figures don't prove anything. You have to do better to counter Thailand's officially confirmed cases.  Btw,total tests Thailand 142000+,Singapore 94000+.  

GerryT81 | 24 April 2020 - 13:51:22

@ K.  As you mention Singapore,( a country you always see as a role model ) finally all those cramped worker dormitories and the treatment of Singapore's worker force is exposed. Now one can read about it on all news outlets. Something you definitely won't like.

Kurt | 24 April 2020 - 11:21:39

DeK, need some proof?  Singapore has now most cases of SEA countries. Singapore tested 16,000 people on 1 million. Thailand tested 1440 people on 1 million only. Understand that? The slumps of Philippines, Indonesia, India are catching up in figures. Does Covid19 go around the slumps of Bangkok?

Rorri_2 | 24 April 2020 - 06:13:10

Dek, a typical, and expected, response, from you, we expect no more, Thailand has admitted to low testing, Australia 14,500/day, not Thailand admints to "selective" testing and has also declared it will NOT exceed its previous daily high of 188, most :testing is by temp, and seeing it carried out is a joke, they stand too far back.

DeKaaskopp | 23 April 2020 - 11:35:00

There are always some expats/experts who think they know the real numbers.Some  come up with their own conspiracy theories.What they all have in common is the lack of proof for their accusations.And yet with all their shown dislike of Thailand they still don't relocate.Weird bunch of people.

Kurt | 23 April 2020 - 10:27:48

The number of Covid-19 cases are almost to 'nice' to believe.
In a country with up to 67 million people ( Thai Government has no accurate figures) are 2826 cases and 2352 recovered  very, very low.   

Rorri_2 | 23 April 2020 - 06:18:49

Lack of testing, reporting, and fake numbers.... Thailand hub of diseases.


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