An 81-year-old man Phichit man became Thailand’s 72nd Covid-19 fatality as the country reported 198 new coronavirus cases Saturday.
Only 69 of the confirmed cases were found “in the wild”, with the other 129 found in quarantine or among migrant workers populations no exposure to the general public. Of those, 111 were found among migrants in Samut Sakhon and four in Bangkok.
Of the 69 truly local cases, five were discovered in Bangkok and one each in Ang Thong, Samut Songkhram, Samut Prakan and Rayong. The other 59 were discovered in Samut Sakhon.
The Phichit man who died contracted the disease from his son who had returned from Samut Sakhon last month. He had multiple health problems connected with his old age.
As of Saturday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand had risen to 13,302. Of these, 10,945 infections had been contracted domestically, including 4,495 who were found via proactive testing, while 2,357 were returnees.
Dr. Panprapa Yongtrakul, spokeswoman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said Saturday that chances of finding new cases via tests in medical facilities has been decreasing for several weeks, but the number of new cases being found via pro-active testing remains steadily in three digits.
All eyes are now on the CCSA to lift travel lockdowns for Chonburi, Rayong, Trat and Chanthaburi at the end of the month and allow bars and nightclubs to reopen at the end of the month.
While some jurisdictions including Bangkok have lifted limits on some businesses early, the CCSA confirmed no changes would be made to the highest-risk areas before Jan. 31.