COVID-19 Weekly Situation Update (22 December 2021 ) No. 215
22 December 2021
Increasing Omicron VoC cases detected in people quarantined arriving by air
RTG encourages COVID-free setting in risk areas and a booster dose
Get vaccinated, maintain universal precautions and stay informed
The total number of ‘active’ COVID-19 cases reported today (38,202), indicates a continuing steady decrease, dropping by 18% compared to one week ago. Today’s number is the lowest since the middle of May. This represents a significant reduction in the burden of hospitals.
The number of severe COVID-19 cases reported today (845) is 85% lower than the highest number ever reported (5,626) on 16 August and also reflects a continual steady decrease.
The number of ventilated cases reported today (231) is 80% lower than highest number (1,172) reported on 15 August, also showing an ongoing decrease, though slowing down.
COVID-19 is still widespread across Thailand – with community transmission in almost every province. Daily reported cases numbers continue to come down in Southern Thailand, although ‘per capita’ infection rates and test positivity rates are still higher than most other parts of the country.
COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to rise and are now at levels that can be expected to significantly reduce levels of severe illness and deaths caused by currently circulating COVID-19 strains. However, vaccination rates are still low in some provinces and in some important risk groups.
The low vaccination rate in pregnant women is still a significant cause for concern. Unvaccinated pregnant women should consult with a medical practitioner to receive the best possible advice. Until they are fully vaccinated, pregnant women and their families should adhere strictly to all preventive measures.