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

Tanutam Thawan



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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



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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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