The tally of new cases is two lower than the 15 recorded yesterday. It is the lowest since March 14, and marks the fifth consecutive day of declines. Because of limited testing, however, the actual number of infections is believed to be higher.
Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, said that the late 78-year-old woman first went to a hospital in Bangkok with a urinary tract infection on March 21.
On March 24 she developed a fever and pneumonia and later tested positive for COVID-19.
On April 5 her condition worsened. She died on Tuesday from a bloodstream infection and respiratory failure.
“Although elderly people accounted for a small proportion of infections, they were the greatest number of fatalities,” Dr Taweesilp said while expressing condolences to the families of death cases.
The Bangkok Post reported that Dr Taweesilp said the lower number of new cases is good news for the COVID-19 situation in the country but people must continue to take precautions for their own protection.
“If we lower our guard even a bit, the number of infection cases can soar to five digits like in some countries,” he said.
The new cases included five people who had come into close contact with previous patients in Bangkok, Chon Buri, Songkhla and Chumphon.
Others included three cases tested pre-emptively in Phuket province, two people who worked in crowded places and closely with foreigners, one returnee, one visitor to crowded areas and one patient tested before an operation.
Bangkok had the highest number of COVID-19 patients at 1,454, followed by 197 in Phuket, 152 in Nonthaburi, 109 in Samut Prakan, 95 in Yala, 79 in Pattani, 86 in Chon Buri, 43 in Songkhla, 40 in Chiang Mai and 36 in Pathum Thani province.
Nine provinces remained free of COVID-19 cases: Ang Thong, Bung Kan, Chai Nat, Kamphaeng Phet, Nan, Phitchit, Ranong, Sing Buri and Trat.
Nine other provinces had not recorded a new COVID-19 case in the past 28 days: Chanthaburi, Lop Buri, Maha Sarakham, Phetchabun, Phrae, Roi Et, Sukhothai, Uthai Thani and Yasothon. Thirty-two provinces had not reported a new case in the past 14 days.
A further 78 people were today reported to have recovered, raising the total to 2,430, while hospitalised patients amounted to 359, Dr Taweesilp said.