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Thailand reported 2,839 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a record number of new cases in the country's third wave of infection, bringing total infections to 53,022 cases.

 

The Southeast Asian nation also reported eight new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 129 since the pandemic started last year.

 

The age of the people who died ranged from  48 to 89. All had underlying health conditions, apart from one who was obese.

 

There are now 22,327 people currently receiving treatment. 

 

*Reuters contributed to this report

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When the Thai government decided earlier this month not to impose a COVID-related lockdown during the annual Thai new year’s holidays mid-month, experts warned there likely would be a price to pay with a resulting surge in coronavirus cases, as many Thais traveled back to their home provinces and socialized during the weeklong holiday period.

 

That prediction came true in spades on Saturday, as Thailand for a second straight day set a new record reporting 2,839 new COVID cases, a whopping 37% increase over the prior day’s record 2,070 tally. To go along with that, the nation reported eight new COVID deaths, the most ever for a single day, for a total of 129, and serious hospitalized cases that have almost doubled in the past five days to 418 nationwide.

 

Said government spokeswoman Pensom Lertsithichai: “We have experienced today a new high in the number of confirmed COVID patients. And it’s apparent that the situation has not yet improved. Most of the infections continue to come from the workplace and they also come from family units, from dining, from socializing, from high-risk activities."

 

Saturday’s report is certain to put even more pressure on a Thai medical care system that is beginning to run out of intensive care hospital beds for the most seriously ill COVID patients, and even has struggled to make available regular hospital beds for mildly ill patients, with many left waiting at home for days unable to find available beds or even transport to hospitals.

 

According to the government’s announcement Saturday, the new tally of 2,839 COVID cases is roughly double the numbers the country had been reporting just last week during the Thai Song Kran new year’s holiday period, and almost triple the sub 1,000 case numbers from earlier in April. Saturday’s tally brought Thailand’s reported COVID case total for the pandemic to 53,022.

 

With the latest tally, Thailand said 22,327 residents are currently hospitalized after testing positive for COVID under a government policy that requires placement in hospitals or similar alternate facilities until testing no longer contagious. As new cases have vastly outstripped recoveries, the hospitalized count has more than doubled from a tally of 10,461 reached nine days ago on April 16.

 

More troubling, the number of so-called serious cases, which means the patients are in intensive care beds, has almost doubled in the past five days from 223 on April 20 to the 418 figure reported Saturday. Of those cases, 113 were said to be on ventilators because of difficulty in breathing, which is more than double the 55 such cases likewise reported five days ago on April 20.

 

On Friday, before the crush of new cases reported today, Thai government officials said the nation’s capital Bangkok was potentially a week away from running out of ICU hospital beds, even as they announced plans to make available new temporary ICU beds in field hospital type facilities that are being added to various government hospitals.

 

Like elsewhere, many of those in Thailand infected with the coronavirus are experiencing mild or unnoticeable symptoms. Most of the recent fatalities have been among the elderly and/or those with various chronic diseases like hypertension or diabetes. But the smaller proportion who nonetheless are becoming seriously ill is straining the country’s medical system to the breaking point.

 

The government spokeswoman also said the mounting challenges faced by public health officials have been complicated to sometimes uncooperative residents. "Particularly patients who have not been forthright and honest in disclosing their timeline of activities or movements to facilitate thorough contact tracing. This has complicated investigations for disease control authorities who already are working very hard and racing against time to find the origins of each infection.”

 

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I wonder if the now infected Secretary General of the EC was infected by continuing cases in Government house from the Thonglor cluster since he apparently never went anywhere for Songkran except to his office.  Sounds now like the whole EC has been quarantined as well according to a post in a paper that remains unnamed.  Additionally, there appears to now be a cluster of infected children aged 2 to 4 in the North of the country as well.  Equal opportunity virus that this is, I feel saddened for the children and then their parents who probably will not be able to be with them.  8 deaths today shows this is definitely a more virulent strain or variant of Covid.  Hospitals being overfilled already have allowed at least one person to die at home because they could not get them into a hospital.  How can this be when the Government has said all along they were prepared should cases increase.

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saying that we are not containing the virus, it doubles up from 26, 58, 96, 194, 405, 789, 1,582, now 2,839, almost . . .

 

I used to plot stock market and exchange rate, but today it is sad (these are not good numbers) . . .

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In Saturday's reporting, Bangkok also set a record with 1,582 new cases for the latest day, and a total of 7,097 since the beginning of April with the start of Thailand's so-called third wave of coronavirus infections. That compared to the 740 cases the province reported yesterday.

 

Bangkok, Thailand's most populous province, accounted for more than half of the 2,839 new cases reported nationwide. In general, many Bangkok residents traveled back to their home provinces for the holidays, and then returned back to Bangkok at the beginning of this week.

 

Northern Chiang Mai had the second most new cases with 151 among Thailand's 77 provinces, and 2,985 since the start of the month. That compared to the 237 new cases for the province yesterday.

 

Coastal Chonburi including resort Pattaya had the third most cases, with 119 for the most recent day, and 1,784 for the month. That compared to 125 new cases reported there yesterday.

 

Those were the only three Thai provinces that reported more than 100 new cases for the day.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, cyril sneer said:

people too scared to pay to get tested/treated, so instead spread it at home

I runs deeper than that. Who the hell wants to be locked in a field prison, sorry hospital, sleeping on a cardboard box with no aircon or fan for two weeks and be charged 100,000k for the privilege? 

 

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6 minutes ago, DLock said:

Your wish is my command.

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Ah yes the Quote which should be on his Marker after he has died and been cremated.  A quote to haunt him for eternity to show how misguided he was and continues to be.

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7 hours ago, ThailandRyan said:

Ah yes the Quote which should be on his Marker after he has died and been cremated.  A quote to haunt him for eternity to show how misguided he was and continues to be.

You cannot fix stupid....😕

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I think we are all feeling sad about those poor kids being infected.

My thoughts go to the parents who must be going through Hell right now.

Thank you Prayut, Anutin and the rest of the Goon Squad for bringing so much happiness to the People.

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24 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

All had underlying health conditions, apart from one who was obese.

 

Isn't obesity a health condition? 

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4 minutes ago, dinsdale said:

To all those who have been saying no exponetial growth well sadly what we are seeing is just that. 


What’s even more infuriating is that all of these people who have been saying we’ve been fear mongering, instead of being functioning members of society and just saying “ok I admit I was wrong” are going to be defensive and say that we’re happy we’re right 

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4 minutes ago, Keesters said:

 

Isn't obesity a health condition? 

It is a medical problem that increases your risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.

 

Is Obesity a Disease: Debate, Why & Who Is Defining It (healthline.com)

https://www.healthline.com/health/is-obesity-a-disease

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4 minutes ago, Cake Monster said:

I think we are all feeling sad about hose poor kids being infected.

Me thoughts go to the parents who must be going through Hell right now.

Thank you Prayut, Anutin and the rest of the Goon Squad for bringing so much happiness to the People.

 

I think the people are themselves also to blame. If they haven't worked it out yet that the government hasn't a clue and the best thing to have done was stay at home during Songkran then there is no hope for them. 

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4 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

 

When the Thai government decided earlier this month not to impose a COVID-related lockdown during the annual Thai new year’s holidays mid-month, experts warned there likely would be a price to pay with a resulting surge in coronavirus cases, as many Thais traveled back to their home provinces and socialized during the weeklong holiday period.

 

That prediction came true in spades on Saturday, as Thailand for a second straight day set a new record reporting 2,839 new COVID cases, a whopping 37% increase over the prior day’s record 2,070 tally. To go along with that, the nation reported eight new COVID deaths, the most ever for a single day, for a total of 129, and serious hospitalized cases that have almost doubled in the past five days to 418 nationwide.

 

Saturday’s report is certain to put even more pressure on a Thai medical care system that is beginning to run out of intensive care hospital beds for the most seriously ill COVID patients, and even has struggled to make available regular hospital beds for mildly ill patients, with many left waiting at home for days unable to find available beds or even transport to hospitals.

 

According to the government’s announcement Saturday, the new tally of 2,839 COVID cases is roughly double the numbers the country had been reporting just last week during the Thai Song Kran new year’s holiday period, and almost triple the sub 1,000 case numbers from earlier in April. Saturday’s tally brought Thailand’s reported COVID case total for the pandemic to 53,022.

 

With the latest tally, Thailand said 22,327 residents are currently hospitalized after testing positive for COVID under a government policy that requires placement in hospitals or similar alternate facilities until testing no longer contagious. As new cases have vastly outstripped recoveries, the hospitalized count has more than doubled from a tally of 10,461 reached nine days ago on April 16.

 

More troubling, the number of so-called serious cases, which means the patients are in intensive care beds, has almost doubled in the past five days from 223 on April 20 to the 418 figure reported Saturday. Of those cases, 113 were said to be on ventilators because of difficulty in breathing, which is more than double the 55 such cases likewise reported five days ago on April 20.

 

On Friday, before the crush of new cases reported today, Thai government officials said the nation’s capital Bangkok was potentially a week away from running out of ICU hospital beds, even as they announced plans to make available new temporary ICU beds in field hospital type facilities that are being added to various government hospitals.

 

Like elsewhere, many of those in Thailand infected with the coronavirus are experiencing mild or unnoticeable symptoms. Most of the recent fatalities have been among the elderly and/or those with various chronic diseases like hypertension or diabetes. But the smaller proportion who nonetheless are becoming seriously ill is straining the country’s medical system to the breaking point.

 

 

Predicted by many, poo-poo'd by the government. Not looking so good for Prayuth, despite what nonsensical press releases come out about electric cars and other non-relevant topics.

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I said to my wife yesterday, that the full ramifications of allowing national travel during Songkran would take up to two weeks to manifest itself.   I believe it plausible that daily cases will rise to 5000/day by the end of this week with stricter measures/lockdowns being introduced.

 

 

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And the health department shouting the worst we had already a few days ago, but it just has begun. Thank you Mr Prayuth and Anutin.. but i think it is time now to step down, because you failed over and over again. A disgrace for Thailand

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In #Bangkok today they are reporting 1,582 new cases. But still no strict restrictions. Only six days to go until the next long weekend. Will the Thai government cancel these holidays and/or restrict interprovincial travel like they did when all of this started last year?

 

 

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39 minutes ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

 

When the Thai government decided earlier this month not to impose a COVID-related lockdown during the annual Thai new year’s holidays mid-month, experts warned there likely would be a price to pay with a resulting surge in coronavirus cases, as many Thais traveled back to their home provinces and socialized during the weeklong holiday period.

 

That prediction came true in spades on Saturday, as Thailand for a second straight day set a new record reporting 2,839 new COVID cases, a whopping 37% increase over the prior day’s record 2,070 tally. To go along with that, the nation reported eight new COVID deaths, the most ever for a single day, for a total of 129, and serious hospitalized cases that have almost doubled in the past five days to 418 nationwide.

 

Saturday’s report is certain to put even more pressure on a Thai medical care system that is beginning to run out of intensive care hospital beds for the most seriously ill COVID patients, and even has struggled to make available regular hospital beds for mildly ill patients, with many left waiting at home for days unable to find available beds or even transport to hospitals.

 

According to the government’s announcement Saturday, the new tally of 2,839 COVID cases is roughly double the numbers the country had been reporting just last week during the Thai Song Kran new year’s holiday period, and almost triple the sub 1,000 case numbers from earlier in April. Saturday’s tally brought Thailand’s reported COVID case total for the pandemic to 53,022.

 

With the latest tally, Thailand said 22,327 residents are currently hospitalized after testing positive for COVID under a government policy that requires placement in hospitals or similar alternate facilities until testing no longer contagious. As new cases have vastly outstripped recoveries, the hospitalized count has more than doubled from a tally of 10,461 reached nine days ago on April 16.

 

More troubling, the number of so-called serious cases, which means the patients are in intensive care beds, has almost doubled in the past five days from 223 on April 20 to the 418 figure reported Saturday. Of those cases, 113 were said to be on ventilators because of difficulty in breathing, which is more than double the 55 such cases likewise reported five days ago on April 20.

 

On Friday, before the crush of new cases reported today, Thai government officials said the nation’s capital Bangkok was potentially a week away from running out of ICU hospital beds, even as they announced plans to make available new temporary ICU beds in field hospital type facilities that are being added to various government hospitals.

 

Like elsewhere, many of those in Thailand infected with the coronavirus are experiencing mild or unnoticeable symptoms. Most of the recent fatalities have been among the elderly and/or those with various chronic diseases like hypertension or diabetes. But the smaller proportion who nonetheless are becoming seriously ill is straining the country’s medical system to the breaking point.

 

Yeah, just look at India to get an idea of things to come... And, mind you, they are much better equiped to step up their vaccination campaign.

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16 minutes ago, Nismooo said:

Just wake me up when all the covid denier hippies left Thailand to go ruin some other country, thanks 🙂🙏🙏🙏

 

Anutin is Thai, he is not going anywhere.

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In another fallout to Thailand's current COVID surge, government officials on Saturday put out an urgent plea for blood donations, saying the country is suffering a severe shortage because the pandemic has led to a drastic dropoff in donations.

 

A government spokeswoman said blood donations in Thailand have dropped to about only 2,000 units per day, versus a typical demand of 6,500 to 7,000 units per day, needed for patients with a variety of other conditions who will require blood transfusions.

 

The government spokeswoman pleaded with members of the public who are healthy enough to make blood donations via the Thai Red Cross. "It's becoming of great concern for the treatment of other patients," she said.

 

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