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At-risk members of Thailand’s Social Security scheme can get free Covid-19 tests in Bangkok starting tomorrow. The Ministry of Labour will provide the tests, covering members under Sections 33, 39, and 40 of the Social Security Act. The programme will be held at the Bangkok Youth Centre (Thai-Japan) in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district.
The ministry expects to test up to 300 people per hour, with results to be received in 1 to 2 days. If anyone is found to be infected, they will be sent to hospitals under the Social Security scheme for free treatment. Currently, 81 hospitals are registered with the ministry, offering a total of over 1,000 beds.
At-risk Social Security members can get free Covid tests from tomorrow in Bangkok | News by Thaiger

Meanwhile, Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid-19 patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

 

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    bil

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    doesn’t a ‘free’ positive test get you locked in a prison (i mean hospital) for two weeks??!?!

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Yes, @bil, just as it does in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, parts of Indonesia including Bali, and Malaysia until recently.

    Meanwhile, though, the other 99%+ of the population can get on with their lives as normal unlike the rest of the world, as can the few testing positive after their two weeks in quarantine.

    Seems a pretty sensible solution, inconveniencing less than 1% for a fortnight rather than 100% for months.

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    Adam

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Continuing exams will create liabilities as people may spread the virus unknowingly as seen in Samut Prakan. With this information and the reasons aforementioned in the article, I believe it’s justified for International Schools to cancel IB examinations and switch to the Non-Exam route like several other countries.

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