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Bang Lamung Hospital is full, province using field hospitals and ASQ hotels

Tim Newton

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A spokesperson from the Bang Lamung Hospital in Pattaya says that all the beds put aside for Covid patients are now full and doctors are now having to refer newly infected people to Sattahip where the Navy have set up a field hospital. They’re also referring some patients to ASQ hotels.

The hospital said they had put aside 30 ward beds and 12 private rooms for Covid-infected patients but the beds had already been taken up following up to 500 people seeking tests at the hospital each day.

Chin Buri has reported another 97 infections today, about the same as the rest of this week. That makes the total in the province to 807 since the start of the month.

Confirmed by the government earlier this week, Thailand hospitalises everyone who tests positive. Or, alternatively they are sent to a field hospital or the government’s quarantine facilities where Thais were given free quarantine when they repatriated back to Thailand over the past year.

But the current upsurge of new infections being discovered in Chon Buri, and the rest of the country, is putting a strain on facilities. Some people who have tested positive are even being sent to ASQ hotels where the hospitals had used up their quota of available beds.

Public health officials in Chon Buri are currently urging people who are not considered ‘at risk’ to avoid hospitals at this time to allow faster processing of people who are considered at risk.

 

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    Frank

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Full of people who tested positive, not people who are seriously ill.

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    TV

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    I think that at some point, there is no other option other than to stay at home to quarantine and only be admitted if you’re sick; basically the protocol like in the rest of the world. I can also imagine it scares people to do a test if they already know upfront they will be separated from their loved ones once if positive, meaning this could work counterproductive.

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    paul

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    the nexst fake corona is on the run.
    corrupt all off it

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    Frank

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Next thing, they will stop travel to Thailand because all the ASQ hotels will be full.

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    Dreqo

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Well, yeah, when you put every single asymptomatic person(the vast majority)in the hospital by force, that’s the result.

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    James R

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    So after many months of allowing people to move freely in bars, restaurants and shops the numbers are increasing, what do you expect?

    That is what happened everywhere else in the world when you have hardly any lock down rules in place, cases rise exponentially.

    The number of deaths per day in the UK is now pretty low in comparison to what it was, ten times less than at the peak, from this week people have been allowed back into shops, pubs(outside), swimming pools etc and I expect the number of cases to rise again in the next two weeks as the virus weaves its inexorable ‘web’.

    We should wait until we have vaccinated more people before letting people mix so freely.

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    Nick Lorimer

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 6:59 am

    My Girlfriend in Bangkok had Covid 19 last year. 2 days in her room, paracetamol & herbal tea. Up and about after two days. A few weeks ago laid up in her bed for 8 days, fever, cough etc. NORMAL FLU, not Covid 19. The Flu was worse for her than Covid. Covid is killing economies, peoples livlihoods. I am currently in Malaysia working. One of my co-workers relation died after high fever etc. Doctor said Covid 19. Family disputed result. Real cause Dengue Fever. Flatten the curve did not work. The vaccine does work but you can still get Covid 19. I work in Oil & gas and currently need to do 2 weeks Quarantine before going offshore. Usually two SARS-cov2 PCR tests but i as a foreigner can get up to 4 tests at 100 usd a test. Generally i work 5 to 6 weeks offshore with two or 3 weeks off meaning i have not got back to my home in bangkok for 14 months now. Been in thailand since 2009.

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    “I think that at some point, there is no other option other than to stay at home to quarantine and only be admitted if you’re sick; basically the protocol like in the rest of the world.”

    But that isn’t “the protocol like in the rest of the world”, @TV.

    If you look at the countries that have controlled the spread of Covid-19 most successfully, either from the start or more recently, most do exactly what Thailand does.

    That’s what New Zealand does, as do most countries in the region – Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong (Hong Kong quarantines “close contacts” as well, even if they test negative), Brunei, Burma, Laos, Malaysia and parts of Indonesia including Bali.

    I’m dubious about Burma’s and Laos’ numbers, but the rest are easily verifiable.

    Do that and limit any numbers coming in and, apart from relatively brief and localised lockdowns, people in those countries have been able to lead relatively normal lives with not just swimming pools, gyms, barbers, bars, pubs, shops and restaurants open but schools and unis as well, as well as normal sporting and social events like concerts.

    All with minimal lockdown rules, and minimal cases and deaths.

    Don’t do that and instead you have schools and unis closed, national lockdowns off and on for most of the last twelve months, and millions of cases and tens or hundreds of thousands dead.

    For 99.95% of the population in Thailand (99.99% last year) daily life is relatively normal, apart from distancing and masks.

    At worst even if I was one of the unlucky 0.05% (0.01% last year) quarantined for a fortnight if I tested positive (including arrivals / returnees) my life would be normal for the rest of the year.

    How can it be better to lockdown 100% of the population for most of the year than to quarantine 0.05% of it for only a fortnight?

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    Simon Small

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    “My Girlfriend in Bangkok had Covid 19 last year. 2 days in her room, paracetamol & herbal tea. Up and about after two days.”

    So she was symptomatic, tested positive, got away without being quarantined (a few slip through any net) and was “up and about after two days” happily spreading the virus to anyone she met?

    And you’re boasting about it?

    “Covid is killing economies, peoples livlihoods.”

    And killing people, because of people like your girlfriend who aren’t prepared to quarantine even if they test positive and know they have it.

    Malaysia, where you are, has allowed asymptomatic cases to quarantine at home since January as long as certain requirements are met, as they ran out of beds, but up until January if your girlfriend had tested positive in Malaysia she’d have been quarantined immediately in hospital once she tested positive and quarantined on the spot pending the test result if she was symptomatic.

    If you’d been a “close contact” (within six feet of her for 15 minutes) you’d have had to quarantine at home if suitable, and in hospital if not, even if you tested negative.

    Lucky for her she was in Thailand, even if it may not have been so lucky for anyone she infected. If my elder son, who has asthma, had been infected by her he would have died – just because she didn’t want to obey the law and consider others for a few days.

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    James R

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Simon small aka Issan John

    Does it not strike you a bit strange that countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong etc have reported so few cases yet do not have to follow the lock down we in the west have to follow.

    The fact you are all governed by dictatorial governments with press controls is not a factor? We in the West publish real virus figures.

    And no, the low number of cases are not due to you taking action early last year, the virus runs in waves, if you open up and there are a few with the virus then that virus will grow exponentially like it does in any other country in the world which opens up too early, open your eyes.

    You keep on mentioning New Zealand, a country with very few occupants, but they did do a complete shutdown early on not the half hearted ‘shut downs’ Thailand did early but has since been opened up again.

    So it must be down to special Thai blood, or lack of the truth in the reports, I wonder which one it is.

    Oh and why are the hospitals now full and you now have to build field hospitals?

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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