Thailand reports 1,767 new COVID-19 cases

BANGKOK (XINHUA) – Thailand yesterday reported a new daily record of 1,767 COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths as the government’s fresh round of restrictions came into effect amid the third wave of infections.

The latest outbreak, reportedly spreading from entertainment venues in the capital Bangkok, has led Thailand’s daily tally to rise from only 26 on April 1 to near 1,800, bringing the national cumulative caseload to 42,352. Of yesterday’s new confirmed cases, 1,765 were domestic infections while two others were confirmed in quarantine facilities, said spokesman of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Taweesin Visanuyothin.

The death toll in the country has risen to 101, according to Taweesin. To stem the latest outbreak, which likely to delay the government’s plans to welcome back foreign tourists, the country closed schools and prohibited gathering of over 50 people for at least two weeks starting from yesterday.

Staff spray disinfectant in a market in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand. PHOTO: XINHUA