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Covid cases drop another 30% with only 4% of Chinese arrivals testing positive

“Only 10 cases being Chinese nationals, accounting for 4% of all Chinese arrivals.”

The Covid-19 situation in Thailand is showing a steady improvement, with a decline of 30% in hospital admissions and fatalities. According to the Department of Disease Control, the average number of hospital admissions and deaths fell to 90 and six respectively between 15th January and 21st January.

Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, the Director-General of the DDC, stated that 627 Covid-19 patients were admitted to hospitals last week, with an average of 90 cases per day. Of these cases, 277 were suffering from lung infections, with 179 requiring ventilators. Over the past week, the death toll has decreased to 44, which represents an average of six cases a day, and a fall of 32.3% compared to the previous week. This year, there have been 2,593 hospital admissions and 167 deaths.

In regards to foreign tourists, eight were found to have been infected between 8th January and 21st January, with only one being admitted to hospital. The eight cases consist of three Chinese tourists and one each from Cambodia, Japan, Myanmar, South Korea, and the UK.

The Medical Sciences Department has found that the majority of infections in Thailand are the Omicron BA.2.75 sub-variant. PCR tests carried out on passengers departing Thailand for countries requiring such tests have found between 300 and 400 cases, including Thais and other nationalities, with only 10 cases being Chinese nationals, accounting for 4% of all Chinese arrivals.

Despite the improvement in the Covid-19 situation, Dr. Tares has advised the Thai people to not let their guard down and to continue to wear masks in crowded places, frequently clean their hands with sanitising gel, and take rapid antigen tests if they develop Covid-related symptoms.

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