Majority of COVID-19 related deaths in Prachuap Khiri Khan have occurred this month

Dr. Suriya Kuharat. File photo

Health officials in Prachuap Khiri Khan have reported a sudden surge in COVID-19 related deaths over the past week.

As of August 25, the province had reported a total of 49 COVID-19 deaths since April 1 or during the so-called ‘third wave’ of infections.

However, 32 of those deaths occurred in August alone, with 17 of the deaths being reported in the last seven days.

According to provincial public health director Dr. Suriya Kuharat, 55.1% of deaths have been among elderly people or those aged over 60, while 26.5% of people who died had an underlying health condition.

Dr. Suriya emphasised the importance for people aged over 60 or with an underlying health condition, as well as pregnant women to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Dr. Suriya said that only around half of the 20,000 people targeted from the ‘at risk’ groups received jabs this past week, so there are likely to be a significant amount of walk in appointments available to people who wish to receive a vaccine.

Dr. Suriya also gave an update on the progress of the vaccine rollout in the province.

As of August 25, 34.54% of the total population of the province, some 223,108, have received one jab, while 69,079 people or 16.12% have received two jabs.