Funerals are the new cluster risk in Thai provinces, says CCSA

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

Funerals represent a risk of cluster infections from Covid-19, Centre for Covid Situation Administration spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said yesterday.

At Thai funerals in the countryside there is lots of eating and drinking where people remove masks and the close proximity of mourners exacerbates the problem, said Taweesin.

These events, along with perennial cluster risks such as restaurants, parties, bus stations, schools and both regular and weekly markets are driving infections outside the Thai capital and surrounding areas.

In and around Bangkok the rate of infection is easing.

In the period from April 1st to 9th September 13,637 people have died from Covid-19 with most having underlying health conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, kidney disease and high fat content in blood.

Of these 13,067 have died in hospitals with 361 stated as dying outside and 209 not mentioned, Thai media Thansettakij reported yesterday.

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