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74 Covid patients who refused to go to field hospitals may face prosecution

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Thailand’s Health Ministry says it may prosecute a number of Covid-19 patients who refused to be treated at field hospitals. It’s understood the 74 patients, most of whom are from so-called “hi so” families in Bangkok, told officials that a stay in a field hospital would be “inconvenient”. Instead, deputy public health minister Sathit Pitutecha says the patients decided to stay at home, thereby violating the communicable disease law.

“Every Covid-19 patient must be taken care of by medical personnel from the Ministry of Public Health at a ministry medical facility, otherwise they violate the communicable disease law. The ministry is considering taking legal action against those who have refused to follow ministry regulations.”

The Bangkok Post reports that the Health Ministry says the patients in question are from the Thong Lor cluster of infections linked to nightlife venues in the capital. Sathit says the patients told officials they would only stay in private rooms in hospitals. He adds that it is vital that all infected people are hospitalised, as severe symptoms can develop at any time and patients need to be monitored by qualified medical workers.

He points to the case of the Thai actor Kom Chuanchen to prove his point. The celebrity initially only developed mild symptoms after testing positive for the virus and was able to communicate normally. However, he is now in intensive care with breathing problems.

In other news, police in Bangkok have summoned 2 executives from clubs in the capital for questioning. Kiattipong Khamtai and Decha Pilalee from the Krystal Club and Emerald Lounge are accused of violating the emergency decree and the communicable disease law and will be questioned on May 3 at Thong Lor police station. The latest wave of infections, including the B117 or UK strain, is widely thought to have arisen from parties at both clubs.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Ian v5.00121

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:23 am

    well I will just not get tested (this is their plan)
    I will also not use contact tracing so I’m not forced to take a test if I have been in a shop with an infected person. My health insurance does not cover non-medical imprisonment.

    They are playing dumb but they can’t be this stupid, it must be a trick or a manipulation of the stats

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    Kim

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:40 am

    It would be a surprise to see any serious actions and/or convictions for these HiSo’s, however, one can always wish.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    According to the Bangkok Post, the Deputy Health Minister,Sathit Pithutecha, said that ALL are “from the cluster linked to pubs and bars in the Thong Lor area. …from well-to-do families. They told the ministry staff that they wanted to stay in private rooms in hospitals only.”

    Thais have generally previously accepted “one country, two systems” but the perceived reason behind awarding a virtual monopoly in vaccines to one company and now the virus being spread country-wide by partying “hi-so’s” with tens if not hundreds of thousands of Thais suffering and losing their livelihoods, schooling and futures as a direct result is changing that far more than any limited street protests ever could.

    Thais on Phuket were far from impressed that “their” cluster was the direct result of a couple of farang international school teachers in Phuket partying in Bangkok, and even less impressed by farangs on Phuket defending those avoiding quarantine.

    That was limited to Phuket, but now that some farangs have defended these “hi-so’s”‘ refusal to quarantine (in comments in the BP and on social media), saying that they would also refuse, Thai criticism is not only aimed at the “hi-so’s” refusing to quarantine but their farang supporters who are giving all
    farangs a bad name.

    The simple solution is to have a quarantine ward in Klong Prem’s prison hospital for those refusing to quarantine as required by law, followed by a stay with the rest of the prison population.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I went to Bangkok Post to see these ferangs defending the Hi So for refusing to go into a general population hospital, Small Simon.
    I never saw that.
    I read ferangs would not like to go into a general population hospital.
    I understand why. We went to see a pal in a coma in a ward in a hospital.
    The ward appeared to be for dying people.
    Outside the window was a Thai screeching away with an angle grinder.
    That might have been the last sound some of these dying Thais heard.
    Our pal never came out of the coma and died.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    “I never saw that.”

    I’m not surprised, @toby andrews.

    “Can you blame them … Stop this criminal persecution of people … A crime against humanity is being committed … Punishing patients who rejected stays in hospital is terribly dictatorial … It’s crazy … Who would prefer to stay in your field hospital which has just beds and nothing else” seem pretty clear to me – and referring to “them” and “your” suggests they’re not Thais making the comments (although, TBF, the majority of farang comments were comdemnatory).

    “Outside the window was a Thai screeching away with an angle grinder.”

    So what would you have preferred?

    No maintenance?

    That the ward was closed and those in it sent home while minor maintenance was carried out, outside?

    What would your solution have been?

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    sam

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    As usual.the wealthy and powerful always demand special privileges and treatment.

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