Thailand continues to record three-digit new cases

BANGKOK (BERNAMA) – Thailand continues to record three-digit daily COVID-19 cases as authorities scaled up active case detection exercise in Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of the latest outbreak in the kingdom.

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 829 new COVID-19 cases and zero deaths, bringing the total tally to 18,782 cases and 77 fatalities.

Its Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) assistant spokesman Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul said of the 829 new cases, 822 were local transmissions, of which 731 were from active case detection while 91 were those seeking treatment at hospitals.

She said seven new cases were imported cases involving five Thais and two foreigners entering the kingdom and they were now undergoing quarantine at alternative state quarantine (ASQ).

“The active case detection exercise at Samut Sakhon aims to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission. Health authorities are trying its best to test as many people as possible,” she said at COVID-19 daily briefing yesterday.

To date, Thailand recorded 18,782 COVID-19 cases including 16,323 local transmissions, of which 9,284 were through active case detection, and 2,459 were imported.