Thailand reports record 23,557 new coronavirus cases

A volunteer in personal protective equipment (PPE) takes swab samples from a sex worker for a rapid antigen test amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Bangkok’s Chinatown, Thailand, January 13, 2022. REUTERS / Athit Perawongmetha

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BANGKOK, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Thailand reported on Thursday a record daily increase of 23,557 new coronavirus infections, as the country deals with an outbreak driven by the Omicron variant.

The Southeast Asian country also reported 38 new deaths, according to the country’s COVID-19 center.

The daily death toll from the virus, however, was well below the 184 fatalities reported on Aug 13 last year, when Thailand recorded its previous daily record of 23,418 infections.

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A World Health Organization official said last month there is evidence the Omicron variant causes milder symptoms than previous variants and while case numbers have surged to records in many places hospitalization and death rates have often been lower than in earlier phases of the pandemic. read more

In Thailand, there are currently just below 181,000 people receiving treatment in hospital or isolating in the community, versus more than 212,000 on Aug 13 last year, data from the health ministry showed.

Up to now, about 69% of people in Thailand have been fully vaccinated, compared with about 12% at the end of August.

Since the pandemic, Thailand has reported a total of about 2.79 million infections and 22,768 deaths.

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Reporting by Orathai Sriring Editing by Ed Davies

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