Thailand govt announces that country has enough hospital beds to handle Covid-19 cases

This handout from the Thai Parliament taken and released on May 24,2021 shows a senator (C), who chose not to wear a face mask while addressing parliament, standing in a booth as a protective measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Bangkok. - AFP

BANGKOK, May 24 (Bernama): Thailand government has announced that its hospitals have enough hospital beds especially in Bangkok and nearby provinces as the kingdom grapples with a surge in Covid-19 infections.

Deputy government spokeswoman Ratchada Dhanadirek said 61 per cent of 20,652 beds at hospital, field hospitals and hospitals in the capital were occupied.

However, she said about 25,000 beds still available at 12 health zones in Bangkok.

Besides that, she said the Busarakam field hospital at Impact Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi will add 1,000 beds for Covid-19 patients.

"The Ministry of Public Health is also working closely with private hospitals to find more beds for patients with serious symptoms, ” she said, quoting Bangkok Post.

Meanwhile, Thailand recorded 3,052 new Covid-19 cases and 24 new fatalities on Sunday night (May 23), over the last 24 hours, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 126,118 and 759 deaths, to date.

Of the new 3,052 new cases, Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said a total of 3,011 were local transmission and 41 imported cases including 605 inmates and 35 Thais returning from Cambodia.

He said Bangkok topped the list with highest number of cases at 1,191 and followed by Phetchaburi 437 and 99 in Nonthaburi.

He said the new fatalities involved 12 men and 12 women aged between 31 and 96 years old in Bangkok (13), Samut Prakan (three), Chiang Mai and Ratchaburi (two each), and one each in Nonthaburi, Surat Thani, Yasothon and Nakhon Nayok provinces.

"The number of new Covid-19 in Bangkok and nearby provinces remain high. There is no sign of decline in new Covid-19 cases with 30 clusters in 24 districts of Bangkok.

"Besides that, numbers in other provinces is on a rising trend where new clusters have been detected in Phetchaburi, Chon Buri, Pathum Thani, Yala and Maha Sarakham Province, ” he said during Covid-19 daily briefing here today.

Meanwhile, Taweesin said Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has sealed off a construction workers' accommodation in Lak Si district of Bangkok after more than 1,000 workers tested positive for Covid-19.

Of this number 36 cases, involving 21 Thais and 15 migrant workers, carry the highly infective COVID-19 variant first detected in India, B.1.617.2.

"Bangkok Communicable Disease Committee sealed off the camp for 28 days to contain the spread of Covid-19. The infected workers will receive food supplies and other necessities and will be taken care of with proper medical treatment, ” he said. - Bernama

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