COVID-19 Weekly Situation Update (19 January 2022) No. 219
19 January 2022
Community transmission of omicron in most provinces
RTG encourages COVID-free setting and booster vaccinations
Get vaccinated, maintain universal precautions and stay informed
The average number of new COVID-19 cases reported per day only increased by 2% in the past 7 days compared to the previous week. The previous steep rise in cases has therefore not been maintained; it has plateaued. The reason for this is not completely clear, but is likely due to a combination of factors, including an effect of previously introduced public health and social measures, current strong adherence to personal protective measures by members of the public and increasing vaccination rates.
The average daily number of ‘active’ COVID-19 cases (78,439) over the last seven days increased by 49% comparted to the previous week. However, the actual number of daily active cases peaked on 17 January at 82,210 and decreased again today, reflecting a greater number of discharged patients than new cases being admitted both yesterday and today.
An average of 14 daily deaths have been reported over the last seven days, the same as the average number of deaths reported for the previous week.
The number of severe COVID-19 cases reported today (511) is only 9.1% of the highest number ever reported (5,626) on 16 August 2021. However, the number of severe cases currently receiving hospital care are no longer decreasing.
The number of ventilated cases reported today (113) is only 9.6 % of the highest number ever reported, (1,172) on 15 August 2021. However, there has been little change in this daily number in the past 10 days.
The daily number of imported COVID cases detected in quarantine has been decreasing. There is still a high PCR test-positivity rate in international travelers arriving in Thailand, but also relatively fewer people travelling.
Community transmission of COVID is still occurring in most provinces in Thailand.
COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to rise and are expected to significantly reduce levels of severe illness and deaths caused by all currently circulating COVID-19 strains, including VoC Omicron. High vaccination rates will also help to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. However, vaccination rates are still low in some provinces and in some important risk groups.