19 new COVID-19 cases, one more death in Thailand

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BANGKOK– The government’s Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has reported that Thailand has recorded 19 confirmed new cases and one more death of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection on Apr 21. Many recent cases are in Bangkok.

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The CCSA Spokesman, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, said today that the new cases bring the country’s cumulative total to 2,811. One hundred and nine patients have recently recovered, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 2,108. The death toll has increased from 47 to 48. The patient, who succumbed to COVID-19, was a 50-year-old taxi driver, who suffered from diabetes and had a history of smoking cigarettes. He also regularly picked up passengers at Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. He started to develop symptoms on March 18, 2020.

The number of new COVID-19 cases has reduced because all sides are working together and people are cooperating by staying home to help limit the viral spread, after the government imposed a nationwide curfew. Of the new cases, 10 patients had close contact with previous cases, seven of whom are in Bangkok. As a result, the capital is still leading the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 1,447, followed by Phuket province at 193 and Nonthaburi province at 152. At the same time, Phuket still has the highest rate of active COVID-19 cases at 46.69 per 100,000 people, followed by Bangkok at 25.57 and Yala province at 19.27.

Concerning COVID-19 patients’ occupations, most are general workers or freelancers, followed by traders and self-employed business owners, staff at entertainment venues, and school and university students. Over the past seven days, the reported new cases are in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Phuket, Chonburi, Yala, Pattani, Songkhla, Krabi, Narathiwat, KhonKaen and Chumphon. (NNT)