Another day of record high Covid cases in Thailand as infected Thais told to travel to home provinces for treatment

Thailand hit a new daily high for Covid-19 cases today, with 15,335 new cases and 129 new deaths reported yesterday.

Cases are expected to rise even further as the south east Asian country continues to have a shortage of vaccines, and the Thai government of Prayut Chan-o-cha is still struggling to procure more.

641 of the new cases were prisoners in Thai jails, while 14,694 were found in the general population.

As usual, Bangkok is reporting the highest number of Covid-19 cases, with 2,700 new cases yesterday.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said the next highest number of cases were found in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom.

As Bangkok hospitals become overcrowded due to increasing Covid cases, authorities are advising infected Thais to return to their home provinces for treatment.

As this is an extremely effective way to transmit a virus, it is not surprising other provinces are now reporting rapidly increasing caseloads.

Meanwhile, foreign residents in Thailand who are age 60 or over are being warned to book an appointment for a vaccination soon. Otherwise, authorities say available vaccines will be used for the next group eligible for them.