Thailand reported a record 5,485 new Covid-19 infections and 19 deaths on Monday, May 31.
Since the start of the pandemic last year, the Covid-19 Situation Administration Center (CCSA) has reported a total of 159,792 Covid-19 cases, including 130,929 infections reported in the latest wave of infections since April 1.
And the number of deaths rose to 1,031.
Among the new infections, 1,953 cases have been reported in correctional facilities, adding to the thousands of inmates in more than a dozen Thai prisons who have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks.
Other infections have taken place in Bangkok, concentrated in high-traffic areas such as markets, construction camps, factories and settlements.
Most of the new cases have been detected through active case-finding campaigns in high-risk areas such as construction sites.
There are 50,416 active cases of Covid-19, including 1,233 patients with pneumonia, or lung inflammation, and 390 patients on a ventilator.
Of the new deaths, most have been in Bangkok.
Concern over the rising numbers prompted the government to reverse a plan by the governor of Bangkok to ease some pandemic-related restrictions in the capital, including reopening parks.
The plan, which was due to go into effect on Tuesday, will be postponed for 14 days.
More than half of the patients were infected by family members.
Phuket registered 8 new cases yesterday, as the countdown begins to accelerate to the official entry into force on July 1 of the “Sandbox” model, which will allow vaccinated travelers to arrive without quarantine.
So far, about 3.3% of the approximately 69 million people in the country have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The government has negotiated for more vaccines, which will allow it to inoculate around 70% of the population by the end of the year.
His previous plans would only have inoculated about 45% of the population.
The government has been pushing to reopen the country to tourism, even as it strives to stem this latest and biggest epidemic, and the pandemic strangles the economy.
Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, the governor of the central bank, has estimated that growth may not return to pre-pandemic levels until early 2023.
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