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Thailand’s ‘Red Zones’ Quickly Fading to Green as Only 7 Provinces Report New Covid-19 Cases

Aggressive coronavirus testing continues in Samut Sakhon.
Aggressive coronavirus testing continues in Samut Sakhon.

Thailand’s coronavirus map is quickly trending toward green, with fewer provinces reporting new Covid-19 cases every day.

Apisamai Srirangsan, spokeswoman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said Sunday that only seven provinces reported new cases on Sunday. A week ago, 24 provinces were reporting cases and 39 the week before. Many provinces, such as Chonburi, are now reporting zero cases daily for most the past week.

Samut Sakhon remains the outlier, however. Cases continue to pile up that are found through pro-active testing and regular medical channels. On Sunday, 76 of 118 “local” coronavirus cases confirmed across the country came from the hard-hit province southwest of Bangkok.

In all, the CCSA recorded 198 new cases and one new death, a 73-year-old woman in contact with a family member who had visited Samut Sakhon. Of the total, 73 were found through active testing and five among overseas returnees.

Bangkok had half of the remaining 42 lcoal cases, followed by Samut Prakan with 12, seven in Samut Songkram and one each in Nonthaburi and Ratchaburi.

The elderly Samut Sakhon woman who died Jan. 23 first developed symptoms 19 days earlier and tested positive for Covid-19 on Jan. 9. She also suffered from high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s Disease and epilepsy.

As of Sunday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand rose to 13,500. Of these, 11,136 contracted the virus domestically, including 4,568 who were found via proactive testing, and 2,364 are returnees. So far, 10,567 have recovered and been discharged, 2,860 patients are still in hospital and the death toll has risen to 73.