A man wears a protective face mask with Songkran’s traditional flowers stamp at Hua Lamphong train station, during the coronavirus disease outbreak (Covid-19), in Bangkok on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)
Thailand reported 34 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, for a total of 2,613 cases, a health official said. There was one additional death.
The number of new cases was higher than the 28 recorded on Monday, and the increase comes after six straight days of declines since the 111 recorded on April 8.
The peak number of confirmed cases so far was the 188 recorded on March 22.
Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the dead bus driver was a 52-year-old woman who suffered from hypertension and an enlarged heart. She had been drinking with friends, one of whom was previously infected with Covid-19. Eight others in the drinking party developed symptoms later.
“Ten people in her drinking group tested positive for Covid-19. We have learned from the fatalities, and it will be good to refrain from the activities they did,” Dr Taweesilp said. Her death raised the accumulated toll in Thailand to 41.
The 34 new cases recorded on Tuesday included 27 people in close contact with previous patients, two people who returned from Italy and Malaysia, two medical personnel, one visitor to a crowded place, one who worked in a crowded place and one person who was quarantined in Satun province after returning from Indonesia.
The 34 patients comprised eight in Bangkok, six in Yala, five each in Pattani and Phuket, four in Nakhon Si Thammarat, two in Samut Prakan, one each in Loei, Phanga and Satun and one case under investigation.
The accumulated 2,613 cases were reported in 68 provinces. Bangkok had the biggest share with 1,311 cases, followed by 186 cases in Phuket, 150 in Nonthaburi, 107 in Samut Prakan, 90 in Yala and 82 in Pattani.