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12 hospitals in Bangkok stop Covid-19 testing due to limited beds for infected patients

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So far, around 12 hospitals in Bangkok have stopped Covid-19 testing, due to either a shortage of supplies or not enough beds to admit patients if they test positive for the virus.

While media reports say the hospitals have stopped testing due to a lack of supplies, a spokesperson for the CCSA the reason many private hospitals in Thailand are refusing to test people for Covid is because there are limited beds available for the Covid-positive patients.

“The main issue actually is that when a hospital finds a particular individual to be positive for Covid, it is understood that they must be admitting that particular patient.”

Spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says PM Prayut Chan-o-cha had a meeting this morning with representatives from the Private Hospital Association as well as other organisations to discuss the situation. Natapanu says the government is working on increasing the number of available beds by opening care facilities at hotels as well as setting up field hospitals. The Thai military is setting up 10 field hospitals in Bangkok, which is expected to provide another 3,000 beds.

Some hospitals made posts on social media saying they were suspending Covid-19 testing. Some say for a few days while others did not give a timeframe.

Bangkok is the epicentre in the new wave of infections, most clusters are in the Thong Lor nightlife district. The Thai government has deployed mobile testing units to areas were clusters of infections have been reported.

กองทัพ เตรียม รพ.สนาม กว่า 3,000 เตียง รับสถานการณ์โควิด

ตามข้อสั่งการของนายกรัฐมนตรี เพื่อรองรับสถานการณ์โควิด-19…

Posted by กวาง ไตรศุลี ไตรสรณกุล on Thursday, April 8, 2021

SOURCES: CCSA | Reuters

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    RA

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Testing positive shouldn’t mean a mandatory hospital stay. A well managed home quarantine for the asymptomatic individuals is all that’s needed.

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    Kim

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    It’s interesting to see that a person tested positive in Phuket while trying to get vaccinated. Didn’t the officials state that there had been no new infections for the past 89 days? I think Thailand has done a better job than most other countries in regard to c19, however, it’s logical that the infection rate is low when the testing rate is low.

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    luca

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    At this point in the pandemic, after having resisted for more than a year, Thailand has no choice but a lockdown, the fact that some hospitals no longer provide tests is worrying, the country’s health network cannot withstand the uncontrolled spread of the virus, it is necessary to close before the Songkran, the only hope is mass vaccination unfortunately it will not be possible in the short term.

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    stapoz

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Very funny. 500 people infected per day and limits have been reached. My country has half the population of Thailand, 30,000 infections a day, and no one is talking about “stopping testing”.

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    LondonAl

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Why does everyone who tests positive have to stay in a hospital bed?

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    Katherine Gottfried

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    WTF??? Stop testing because of lack of beds? Where are you getting your advice from, Trump?

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    James R

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Hospitals full due to not enough beds, field hospitals having to be set up yet very few reported deaths and cases, it can’t be true regarding the number of reported cases, it is just illogical.

    In the UK the same thing happened, hospitals were overflowing due to massive number of cases all reported to the press so we knew what was going on.

    It is not possible for any country in the world to have so few cases when they do not follow a lock down as other countries are doing.

    Closing your eyes and not testing will just mean more unreported deaths.

    It should be announced in the England in the next two weeks we have reached heard immunity, that is due to the number of people who have been infected and recovered but the vast majority will be covered by the 30 million vaccines which have been administered so far to date.

    I want to go to Phuket this year but at the very slow rate of vaccinations in Thailand it might be 2022 before I can go.

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Thai BTS fans are celebrating as the first official BTS pop-up in Thailand is set to open in Bangkok on May 1. The world-famous K-Pop group will launch the Map of the Soul pop-up at EmQuartier in Bangkok. Until now, Thai fans, or ARMY as they are known, have waited while pop-ups shops were launched around the world. The exhibit will be open from May 1 to July 25 and access will only be available by pre-registration online, which opens tomorrow.

ARMYs worldwide were devastated when Covid-19 forced the postponement of BTS’s “Map of the Soul” world tour, but the band, famous for their appreciation and interaction with their fans – they hold the Guinness World Record for most Twitter engagement! – have worked to find ways to raise fan morale during the pandemic. They released the album BE with a Grammy-nominated single “Dynamite” and launched these pop-up events where Bangkok ARMYs can pose in front of BTS music video backdrops and shop for official BTS merchandise.

Tickets purchased online will reserve fans a 1 hour visit to the pop-up on a certain date and time slot. Reservations for each week will open on the Friday previous for booking of the event on the M Floor of The EmQuartier. Bookings must arrive 10-15 minutes early and be verified by mobile phone OTP, after which fans will receive a wristband and queue for safe entry.

Strict Covid-19 safety measures will be in place, limiting the number of entries at a time, requiring social distancing and masks, and offering hand sanitiser when entering and exiting.

BTS, the 7-member South Korean boy band formed in 2011 debuted in 2013 and became one of the biggest bands in the world holding 18 Guinness World Records, appearing frequently in Time magazine influence lists, and setting music records on charts around the world. They’ve sold 20 million albums and equalled The Beatles’ record for reaching 4 number 1 albums in the US within one year.

It was estimated their sales account for about the same of South Korea’s entire GDP as Korean Air, being the reason to visit cited by 1 in every 13 tourists, and over 40% of all music sales in the country along with 25% of American K-Pop sales, having the top-selling worldwide physical album of 2020.

BTS have addressed the UN and their endorsements have caused companies and organisations to experience huge jumps in income, including multiple charities they have raised millions for. Their charitable work, devotion to fans, and addressing of difficult topics in their music such as mental health, loss, bullying, individualism and other social commentary have earned BTS praise as more than just your average boy band. Huge turnout is expected for the Bangkok opening of the BTS Map of the Soul pop-up at the EmQuartier next month.

SOURCE: The Smart Local

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Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals

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1,470 new Covid-19 infections and 7 deaths were reported today by the CCSA. 446 new cases are in Bangkok which remains the hotzone of new infections, although the latest outbreak has now spread to most Thai provinces. Out of the 7 deaths, one was a 24 year old Thai woman with a history of visiting an entertainment venue in the southern province Surat Thani where other Covid-19 infections were reported.

The young woman’s death is a rare case as the vast majority of Covid-related deaths in Thailand are the elderly or older adults with pre-existing conditions. Health officials say the woman suffered from obesity and died 3 days after testing positive for the virus. At present, there are 18,148 patients in state care… 14,555 in hospitals and 3,593 in field hospitals.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 48,113 Covid-19 infections and 117 coronavirus-related deaths.

The other Covid-related fatalities include…

  • 68 year old Thai woman with pre-existing conditions of asthma
  • 83 year old man from Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of high blood pressure
  • 80 year old woman with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 45 year old woman in Bangkok with high blood pressure
  • 59 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 86 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of heart disease

Here are the provincial totals for today, as published by the NBT…

Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals | News by Thaiger

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A police officer infected with Covid-19 killed himself yesterday at a Bangkok hospital. The Royal Thai Police spokesperson says 59 year old Boonchu Panklin committed suicide due to stress after testing positive for the virus.

The railway police deputy inspector was also diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension. He tested positive for Covid-19 after coming in contact with another patient. At first, Boonchu was asymptomatic and was admitted to a field hospital on Sunday.

The next day, he had difficulty breathing and his blood oxygen levels were low. He was transferred to another building. A police spokesperson has the medical staff did not know about the officer’s mental health issues. On Tuesday, he hung himself in the hospital bathroom. After numerous calls to Boonchu’s phone went unanswered, hospital staff looked for the officer and found him by the toilet with a belt tied around his neck.

The officer’s family needed to quarantine after he tested positive for the virus and the chief of the Pathumwan police station, Pansa Amarapitak, says the officer felt guilty for putting his mother, wife and child at risk of infection.

Anyone in Thailand who feels depressed, lonely or suicidal can call the Samaritans of Thailand: 02-713-6793 for Thai and 02-713-6790 for English.

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