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Thailand’s Coronavirus Outbreak Shows No Sign of Decline with 249 Cases

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update Thailand Herald

Thailand on Monday recorded 249 new Covid-19 cases, raising its cumulative total to 10,547, including 6,090 cases since Dec. 15 when the second coronavirus wave hit the country.

Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said the situation remained serious with more aggressive testing needed.

Since the onset of the second wave, Samut Sakhon – the original epicenter of the new outbreak – has seen the most confirmed cases with 3,341. Chonburi and Rayong – hit by the second cluster springing from an underground casino and, with 52 connected cases, a beer garden in Chonburi’s Sriracha District, each have recorded more than 500 cases.

The beer garden, operating when bars were supposed to be closed, had three live bands playing at a superspreader event. Since then, 18 employees, 1 band member and 21 customers have tested positive, with 22 close contacts then infected.

Bangkok, Chanthaburi, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom and Ang Thong have fewer than 500 each.

Of the 249 new cases Monday, Dr. Taweesin said 37 were in Samut Sakhon, with half of them women over 40, and a 9-month old baby girl, noting that more middle-aged women are getting infected.

Of the day’s total, 224 were locally transmitted while  48 were found in active testing campaigns while the rest are arrivals from abroad in state quarantine.