BANGKOK, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Thailand reported 8,450 new COVID-19 cases and 28 more deaths in the past 24 hours, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Friday.
The daily case tally in the country has climbed for the third day in a row, with the capital Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Chon Buri and Phuket recording the most cases.
CCSA spokesperson Apisamai Srirangsan said that several new clusters were found in public and private schools, kindergartens and nurseries across the country, adding that risks came from activities such as sports and farewell parties where students removed their face masks while mingling and eating together.
The CCSA also reported that nearly 90 percent of the new deaths recorded were among senior patients aged 60 years or over or patients with underlying diseases.
The Southeast Asian country has been speeding up vaccination as it gears up for the resumption of its quarantine-free travel scheme for fully-vaccinated inbound visitors from Feb. 1.
As of Thursday, the country has administered over 114 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 465,154 being administered on Thursday. Some 69.6 percent of the country's nearly 70 million population have been fully-vaccinated, while 19.3 percent have received booster shots, according to the CCSA.