Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections (18,912) and deaths (178) both reached new 24 hour highs on Saturday, according to the CCSA.
The new infections include 18,102 locally transmitted and 810 among prisoners. Cumulative infections, since April 1st this year, are 568,424 with a death toll of 4,763.
364,494 people have recovered, while 200,510 are undergoing treatment in general and field hospitals.
Bangkok had the most new infections today, with 3,668 cases, and 64 deaths. Other provinces with high infection rates included Samut Sakhon (1,178), Chon Buri (1,062), Samut Prakan (872), Rayong (670), Nonthaburi (577), Nakhon Pathom (538), Chachoengsao (437), Si Sa Ket (369) and Pathum Thani (351 cases).
The coastal province of Samut Sakhon’s communicable disease committee today ordered the closure of a car tire factory in Muang district for 14 days, after more than 170 workers were found to be infected with COVID-19.
The factory employs 1,322 Thais and 92 foreign migrant workers. Rapid antigen tests on 560 of them, on July 26th and 27th, returned positive results for 160, so the decision was taken to shut the factory down after also finding that the factory had failed to set up a field hospital in its compound to contain the contagion.
Two new clusters have been found in Bangkok in the past 24 hours. One is at a masjid in Min Buri district and the other in the Nurusyhakan community in Chom Thong district.
More clusters were also found at a cosmetic factory in Samut Sakhon, a construction worker’s dormitory in Ban Chang district of Rayong, a car tire factory in Bang Len district of Nakhon Pathom, an electronics factory in Khlong Luang district of Pathum Thani and at a poultry processing plant in Muang district of Saraburi.
Of the 178 deaths today, there were 92 men and 86 women. Bangkok logged 64 deaths, Samut Prakan, 20, 9 each in Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi, 8 in Pathum Thani, 7 in Pattani, 6 each in Chon Buri and Nakhon Nayok, 4 in Samut Sakhon, 3 each in Yala, Sa Kaeo, Saraburi, Phetchaburi and Suphan Buri, 2 each in Narathiwat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Sarakham, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Phetchabun and Chachoengsao and 1 case each in Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket, Surin, Kalasin, Roi-et, Sukhothai, Chainat, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanuloke, Rayong, Prachin Buri, Trat, Sing Buri, Ayutthaya and Prachuap Khiri Khan.