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Private school reverts to online learning as Covid-19 infections rise

BANGKOK: As Covid-19 infections among students and school personnel begin to rise, a renowned private boys' school in Silom has decided to shift to online learning from Monday.

Reports in Bangkok Post said the Bangkok Christian College in the Bang Rak district will adjust to online learning between July 11 and 19.

Covid-19 infections in the premises significantly increased over the past eight weeks.

As of July 5, a total 688 students and 70 personnel tested positive for Covid-19.

According to the school announcement, if more than 10% of students in a classroom had Covid, the classroom would be closed for five days.

However, the cases kept rising over the past week, and the school was concerned that the situation would affect the education of students, as those infected must be placed under quarantine.

Onsite learning will resume on July 20, read the announcement.

The Post also reported that Thailang registered 2,084 Covid-19 cases and 15 new fatalities on Friday.

This is compared to 2,144 cases and 20 Covid-19 related fatalities the previous day.

There were 2,083 local cases and one imported case.

As of midnight Friday, a total 24,734 people were receiving Covid-19 treatment (down from 25,082 the previous day), including 9,674 in hospitals (down from 10,470).

Among the remainder, 939 were in field hospitals or hospitel facilities (down from 1,083) and 14,092 in home/community isolation (up from 13,500) while 29 others were not specified.

Of those in hospital, 754 were seriously ill patients with lung inflammation (down from 763), and 345 were dependent on ventilators (up from 327).

On Friday, 2,417 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 4,453,039 Covid-19 cases, including 2,319,604 cases this year.

The accumulated death toll stood at 30,813 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 9,115 so far this year.

The highest number of Covid-related fatalities in a 24-hour period was 312 recorded on Aug 13, 2021. The highest number of cases was 28,379 on April 1, 2022.

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