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New high for daily virus infections

BANGKOK: The government reported 1,335 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday (Apr 14), the highest number of daily infections since the epidemic emerged in Thailand early last year.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 14 April 2021, 05:23PM


People wait their turn to give a nasal swab, for testing for the COVID-19 virus, at the office of the Department of Disease Control in Bang Khen district, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut / Bangkok Post

People wait their turn to give a nasal swab, for testing for the COVID-19 virus, at the office of the Department of Disease Control in Bang Khen district, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut / Bangkok Post

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said that of the 1,335 new infections, only nine were among arrivals from overseas. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 35,910. The death toll remains unchanged at 97, reports the Bangkok Post.

Wednesday’s figures were the highest since COVID-19 disease was first reported in Thailand.

Bangkok had the most new cases at 351, followed by Chiang Mai (319) and Prachuap Khiri Khan (161).

Opas Karnkawinpong, Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, said most cases were linked to nightspots.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered officials in all state agencies to work at home until the end of the month if possible and recommended that the private sector follow suit, to help to contain the spread of the third outbreak.

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Dr Opas said limiting the movement of people would curb the pandemic. Every province could play a key role.

“Every provincial communicable disease committee is a frontline in helping minimise the movement of people,” he said.

Authorities in 43 provinces have imposed restrictions on visitors to discourage travel. Surin was the latest, joining 42 others on Tuesday night, according to the Interior Ministry.

The CCSA said the imported cases were three from Malaysia, two from the United States and one each from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Russia.

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Kurt | 15 April 2021 - 00:17:14

If General Prawut is wise he forbid promoting domestic holiday traveling. No more extra holidays to promote Thai people travel places like ChiangMai, Samui, Phuket, and many more. That is best way to contain the Covid-19 virus. Block domestic traveling until the Covid-19 spreading is under control. By now that can take easily 1 year hard work. Start to do now, mr Anutin!

Kurt | 14 April 2021 - 20:52:30

One day: 1,335 new infections ( real figures? I doubt) , among them just 9 'imported' cases only.  Now do we see the very long time ignoring Covid-19 spreading in Thailand by ostrich behavior, not testing Thai population get 'punished'. Now the Covid-19 cat is out of the Thai bag.  Thailand's domestic Covid-19 testing infra structure is still very poor.

 

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