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Thailand recorded 8,685 new COVID-19 cases today (Tuesday), including a new cluster of 312 at a super market in Bang Bua Thong district of Nonthaburi province. There were also 56 more deaths, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Bangkok alone logged 2,631 new cases in the past 24 hours, remaining on top of the country’s 10 provinces with high infection rates. The others are Samut Sakhon (561), Nonthaburi (537) Samut Prakan (529), Chon Buri (459), Pathum Thani (189,) Narathiwat (178), Nakhon Pathom (177), Songkhla (150) and Udon Thani (126).

Other new clusters include a metal factory and a locking mechanism factory in Samut Sakhon, a madrasa Islamic boarding school in Pattani province, with the disease having spread to three other southern provinces, and a furniture factory in Ban Bueng district of Chon Buri province.  More cases were also discovered at existing clusters at a pineapple cannery in Prachuap Khiri Khan and at a meat processing plant in Lop Buri province.

Of the 56 new deaths today, 25 are men and 31 women.  30 of them are in Bangkok, 4 in Narathiwat, 2 each in Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Kamphaeng Phet, Chon Buri and Phetchaburi and 1 each in Chachoengsao, Chaiyaphum, Chumphon, Trat, Saraburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phuket, Nakhon Sawan, Pattani, Mukdahan, Sisaket, and Nong Bua Lamphu.

Cumulative infections, since April 1st, 2021, are 324,849. 228,029 people have recovered and 2,753 have died. 95,410 are still being treated in hospitals, including 53,619 in general hospitals and 41,791 in field hospitals.

The death toll, since early last year, is 2,847.

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