Sun, 23 Jan 2022

BANGKOK, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Thailand registered 7,926 COVID-19 cases and another 13 fatalities on Monday, according to the country's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

Official data showed Omicron cases are now accounting for more than a third of the new infections and have been detected in 71 out of 77 provinces in Thailand. Of the new infections, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Bangkok and Phuket are leading with each over 500 new cases reported.

Ten out of 13 fatalities were among unvaccinated or insufficiently vaccinated patients. The government continues to roll out an active campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated. Booster shots and vaccination for young children are among the government's current priorities.

Officials said there have been many new clusters related to New Year parties and celebrations as the country witnessed increasing cases in tourism pilot provinces. The authorities cited that key factors for transmissions were eating and drinking with many people in poorly-ventilated venues.

Health authorities have warned that with the fast-spreading Omicron variant, many clusters may occur and cases could continue to rise, leading to an expected increase of severe cases.

So far, the Southeast Asian country has reported 2,277,476 infections with 21,838 fatalities.

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