There was only one newly confirmed Covid–19 case – the lowest in months – over a 24–hour period and no deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid–19 Situation Administration, said today (May 5).
Covid-19 patients now number 2,988, with 2,747 recovering and discharged, while 194 are under hospital treatment. The number of deaths remains at 54.
The latest new case was a diabetic 45-year-old man living in Narathiwat province. He experienced difficulty in breathing and had pneumonia, which lead to his hospitalistion and Covid-19 detection. He had travelled for religious proposes and had earlier come into contact with a person who was infected.
Some 40 people in Yala, who were initially believed to have Covid-19 but whose samples turned out negative in a second test, are still under investigation and a final report is expected this afternoon.
According to the Department of Disease Control, the confirmed cases in Thailand include Burmese (53), Chinese (34), French (29), British (21) and people from other countries (43).
The spokesman said 50,741 patients have been investigated since April 7. Of these, 767 were confirmed as being infected with Covid-19.
According to Taweesin, nine provinces have recorded no cases since the start of the outbreak – Chainat, Trat, Sing Buri, Kamphaeng Phet, Nan, Phichit, Buengkan, Ranong and Satun.
Meanwhile, 34 provinces have recorded no cases in the past 28 days – Phetchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Rayong, Ratchaburi, Lop Buri, Samut Songkhram, Sa Kaeo, Saraburi, Chiang Rai, Phetchabun, Phrae, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Lamphun, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Uthai Thani, Kalasin, Buri Ram, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Sakon Nakhon, Surin, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Amnat Charoen, Udon Thani, and Ubon Ratchathani.
And these 34 provinces have seen Covid-19 cases in the past 28 days: Bangkok, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Prachin Buri, Ayutthaya, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Suphan Buri, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Phayao, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Loei, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Krabi, Chumphon, Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phang-nga, Phatthalung, Phuket, Yala, Songkhla and Surat Thani.
Worldwide, there have been more than 3.5 million confirmed cases and some 250,000 deaths.