Thailand registered 15 COVID-19 related deaths over the last 24 hours, the highest single-day number since the pandemic began, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said Tuesday.
The national death toll has reached 163, of which 69 have died since the beginning of the third wave of the outbreak in April this year, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin told a press conference.
A total of 2,179 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday, including 2,174 domestic infections and five imported cases, Taweesin said.
The 15 fatalities confirmed on Tuesday reportedly involved varied fatal illnesses such as diabetes, heart diseases and high blood pressure, he said.
Fifty-six out of a total of 77 provinces in the country are currently obliging the public to wear face masks outside their home as an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Interior.
People who fail to comply with the mask-wearing measure will face a fine of up to 20,000 baht (about 657 U.S. dollars).
The 56 provinces include those which have reported a large number of COVID-19 infections during the third wave such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, the ministry’s report said.
The total case tally in Thailand has now reached 59,687, of which 33,551 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 25,973 others are currently hospitalized.
According to the latest data, around 0.3 percent of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated, with 1,012,388 people having received the first dose, while 214,644 have received the second one.