Bangkok launches Line account for emergency Covid treatment


This handout photo taken and released on May 3, 2021 by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration shows a woman getting tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a mobile testing unit in the Khlong Toei district in Bangkok on May 3, 2021. - AFP

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) on Monday (May 3) launched an official Line account for residents seeking emergency Covid-19 treatment.

The Line account @bkkcovid19connect opened as Bangkok and its vicinity logged 12 Covid-related deaths and more than 1,000 new cases over the past 24 hours.

Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the account would speed up the emergency response for Covid-19 patients, providing an alternative to the Erawan Emergency Medical Service Centre's 1669 hotline.

"A strength of this account is that it enables the BMA to manage Covid-19 patients effectively," he said.

"Once officials finish checking a person's information submitted via the account, they will contact the person within an hour."

He also asked people who contacted the account to prepare their information and self-isolate at their residence until officials arrive.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported 2,041 new cases nationwide and a record high of 31 deaths over a 24-hour period on Monday.

Bangkok again led the list with 675 new cases, followed by 277 in Nonthaburi and 161 in Samut Prakan. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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