Thailand recorded 9,692 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, which is the highest daily count since the pandemic began last year. This brings total infections in the latest outbreak, which began in April 2021, to 353,044.
The previous high was 9,635 on May 17th, where infections were mostly detected among prison inmates. This time around though, most infections reported over the past week are in communities, especially in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. Of the new infections today, 2,195 cases are in Bangkok.
Other provinces in the top ten with most infections are Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Nonthaburi, Chacheongsao, Yala, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom and Pattani, respectively.
67 deaths were also recorded today, while 5,730 more patients have recovered from the disease. 106,951 people are being treated for COVID across the country. Most of the new deaths (33) were reported in Bangkok.
Meanwhile, the “Thai Ruam Jai” program announced a new round of registrations for the COVID-19 vaccination, for people aged 60 and over and those with any of the seven underlying diseases living in Bangkok.
The registration opens today at 12pm, through its website, www.ไทยร่วมใจ.com, the “Pao Tang” app and convenience stores participating in the program. The inoculations will begin this coming Monday (July 19th).
Vaccination appointments, for those aged 18-59 who have already registered, remain postponed indefinitely, but they will receive the vaccinations without the need to register again.
The Thai Ruam Jai program also explained that it plans to inoculate 2.5 million citizens in Bangkok each month, which is in accordance with the vaccine allocation. It only received 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, however, sovaccinations could not go ahead as planned.
The Public Health Ministry has allocated 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca to Bangkok, to inoculate those over 60 at 25 vaccination sites. Those with any of the seven underlying diseases are advised to get vaccinated in hospitals for their safety.