Analysis of the situation
The average number of new laboratory-confirmed (PCR positive) community-acquired COVID-19 cases reported per day has increased by only 2% in the past 7 days compared to the previous week. Although the number of confirmed cases reported daily appears to have plateaued, the number of cases remains very high. In addition, not all probable cases (ATK positive) are subsequently confirmed by a PCR test. The average number of probable cases (ATK positives) reported per day over the past 7 days (21,498) has increased by 6% compared to the previous week (20,304) and remains very high.
Bangkok continues to report the highest daily number of COVID cases. The average number of new COVID-19 cases reported per day in Bangkok over the past week (3,370) is 4% higher than the previous week (3,231).
The average daily number of all currently “active” COVID-19 cases (246,703) over the past seven days increased by 5% compared to the previous week. A greater proportion of patients continue to be followed in hospitals, community isolation and home isolation. The average number of COVID cases occupying hospital beds per day over the past week (63,122) is 6% lower than the average daily number reported the previous week (67,278).
An average of 78 daily deaths were reported last week, down from 83 the previous week. (a decrease of 5%)
The average daily number of severe COVID-19 cases over the past seven days (1,665) represents a 16% increase from the average number reported the previous week (1,440). The average daily number of COVID-19 cases disaggregated over the past seven days (649) also represents a 24% increase from the average number reported the previous week (522).
The recent increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to cause a significant increase in the number of severe and ventilated cases in Thai hospitals, although the number of seriously ill COVID-19 cases still remains below the figures seen in July. and August. 2021. The healthcare system currently still has the capacity to admit patients.
Although Thailand has not seen a huge upsurge in COVID-19 cases as seen in some other countries, both the policy of non-confirmation by PCR test for all probable cases, as well as the The widespread use of rapid antigen tests (including those available ‘plus the counter’ which may not be reported) continues to make it difficult to accurately monitor the situation.
Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates in Thailand continue to significantly reduce levels of serious illness and death from circulating strains of COVID-19. High vaccination rates also help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. However, vaccination rates are still low in some provinces and some important risk groups.