BANGKOK, March 22 (Bernama) -- Thailand today reported a record-high 188 new COVID-19 cases to take its total to 599, with one fatality.
Forty-five patients have been discharged while 553 remain hospitalised, with seven of them in critical condition, as at 11 am today.
Of the 188 cases today, 108 are new cases under investigation for source of infection and the sharp spike also showed that the deadly virus is spreading to various other parts of the kingdom.
Public Health Ministry spokesman Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin said 65 of the new cases were linked to earlier infections, with 37 having had close contacts with previously confirmed patients, 21 attended Muay Thai matches at stadiums, five visited entertainment outlets and two attended a mass religious gathering at a mosque in Malaysia.
He said the other new cases included eight who travelling from abroad and seven who worked in crowded places.
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“Most of the new cases were found in Bangkok among young working groups who still continued social activities. We hope they will stay home once major venues are closed starting today till April 12.
“The people should not travel to other provinces over the next three weeks, otherwise the number of new cases will rise further,” he said at COVID-19 daily press conference here today.
Statistics showed that new cases in Bangkok continued to soar while the number of cases outside Bangkok had tripled in three days - from 75 cases on March 20 to 236 today.
Following the sharp spike in cases this week, major venues such as shopping malls, entertainment outlets, sports arenas and stadiums in Bangkok and five provinces nearby - Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakarn, Samut Songkram and Nakhon Pathom - will be closed from today to April 12 in bid to check the spread of COVID-19 in the kingdom.
Supermarkets selling food and daily goods, convenience stores and pharmacies, as with restaurants providing take-outs and deliveries will remain open.
Meanwhile, Thaweesilp said all governors have been instructed to closely monitor people returning to their hometowns besides setting up local surveillance and screening facilities in districts and villages.
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