Bangkok set a daily new high of 1,112 cases today (Saturday), out of a total of 2,419 new COVID-19 infections recorded in Thailand, according to the CCSA.
Cumulative infections, since April 1st, have surged to 52,411, including 1,138 severe cases, of whom 380 are on ventilators.
19 additional deaths, 8 men and 11 women, were recorded today. 7 were in Bangkok, 2 each in Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan and 1 each in Nakhon Sawan, Samut Sakhon, Kanchanaburi, Chon Buri, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Nakhon Pathom and Surin. Most of them had comorbidities, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. The youngest was 42 and the oldest, 93.
Cumulative infections, since early last year, are 81,274 and the death toll is 382.
29,473 patients are still being treated in hospitals, including 21,087 in general hospitals and 9,384 in field hospitals.
In the coastal province of Samut Sakhon, the centre of the second wave of the pandemic in mid-December, Governor Veerasak Vichitsangsri said yesterday that he had received reports from the private sector and individuals that a number of illegal migrant workers had arrived in the province, allegedly with the help of human trafficking gangs.
Admitting that he is very concerned about these reports, he said he has scheduled a meeting today with officials and business operators to discuss the problem and how to solve it.
He also said that health officials will conduct saliva tests on about 15,000 people living in close proximity to a cold storage unit, which was ordered to close for 14 days yesterday after many employees, most of them migrant workers, were found to be infected.