Thailand’s COVID-19 cases surpass 2 million

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Teachers prepare a classroom for the resumption of classes at a school in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 12, 2021. The cumulative COVID-19 cases in Thailand surpassed 2 million on Friday, as the country recently lifted travel curbs to vaccinated international visitors in an effort to reboot its tourism-reliant economy. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

(Xinhua) — The cumulative COVID-19 cases in Thailand surpassed 2 million on Friday, as the country recently lifted travel curbs to vaccinated international visitors in an effort to reboot its tourism-reliant economy.

With 7,057 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 infections in Thailand stood at 2,011,331, according to the country’s health ministry.

It has only been less than three months since the Southeast Asian country passed the 1-million mark in coronavirus cases in August. The months-long surge in infections has mainly been driven by the spread of the Delta variant.

However, the COVID-19 infection rates in the country have slowed since last month thanks to the ramped-up vaccination. According to the official data, nearly half of Thailand’s 69-million population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.

The World Health Organization Thailand office said in its latest report, that despite the easing of border controls, the country continues to see a steady decrease of the number of infections on a weekly basis.

However, it warned that cases remain widespread across Thailand, and the current inoculation rate is deemed insufficient to prevent potential outbreaks.

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