Thailand Reports Record Cases of COVID-19 in Two Consecutive Days
Tuesday, 27-July-2021 10:00
BANGKOK, NETRALNEWS.COM - Thailand on Monday (07/26) reported an addition of 15,376 cases of COVID-19, a second record for two consecutive days, amid criticism of the government's vaccination speed that is lagging behind its neighbors.
The Southeast Asian country recorded 512,678 cases during the pandemic. On Monday, the death toll from COVID-19 increased by 87 to bring the total to 4,146 deaths.
Having managed to contain the spread of the coronavirus for most of 2020, Thai authorities have struggled in recent months to deal with a surge in cases due to the new variants, including the Delta variant which was first detected in India, as reported by Reuters.
Thailand targets to vaccinate 50 million people by the end of this year. However, until now only 5.6 percent of the 66 million population have received two doses of the vaccine, while 18.94 percent have received one dose.
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The country's vaccination strategy relies heavily on the locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine by Siam Bioscience. However, there have been delays in the vaccine deliveries.
Thousands of people over the age of 60, pregnant women, and those with health problems such as obesity, lined up on Monday (07/26/2021) at Bangkok's Bang Sue central train station to get vaccinated. This activity is part of the government's scheme to immunize the vulnerable groups.
"I believe the virus will disappear from this country if everyone is vaccinated," said Charn, 48, who was driving his elderly relatives to get the vaccine.
Due to the spike in cases, Thailand imposed tougher restrictions on the capital Bangkok and 12 high-risk provinces last week, including suspending most domestic flights and expanding the area of restrictions, as reported by Antara.
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