BANGKOK, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Thailand reported 1,582 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest number in a day since the pandemic began, rising for the third consecutive day, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
The latest wave of infections in the Southeast Asian country brought the country's total caseload to 39,038, with 97 fatalities.
Of Friday's new cases, 1,577 were domestic infections while five others were imported cases, the CCSA said.
Some 921 of the domestic cases were reported at hospitals, while 656 others were confirmed via active testing at communities and workplaces.
In the latest steps to contain the spread of the viral disease, the Thai authorities ordered shopping malls and bank branches to close earlier and urged people in high-risk areas to work from home.
Thailand has so far confirmed 39,038 cases of infection, with 28,480 patients having fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 10,461 others being currently hospitalized.