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Bangkok prepares to open field hospital as officials warn of a rapid rise in infections

Maya Taylor

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is considering opening a field hospital in preparation for a rapid rise in Covid-19 infections that could overwhelm medical facilities in the capital. Thai PBS World reports that the PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has instructed the BMA and the Ministry of Interior to arrange space in which a field hospital could be set up.

The PM says he’s confident infection numbers in Bangkok remain under control but is urging people to continue observing disease prevention measures, including avoiding high-risk locations, wearing masks, and observing social distancing. The PM has made it clear he doesn’t want another lockdown, or to order entertainment venues around the country to close. However, he warns that venues which ignore disease prevention measures will be immediately shut down.

3 large-scale parties held on the southern island of Phuket at the weekend have resulted in the province recording its first infections in 103 days. The events, organised by promoter Kolour, were held at the Shelter and Illuzion nightclubs in Patong, and at Café del Mar in Kamala. Photos indicate that the vast majority of attendees were not wearing masks and that crowd numbers (believed to over 3,000 at Café del Mar) made social distancing impossible. So far, 4 new infections have been linked to the parties.

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Meanwhile, Opas Karnkavinpong from the Department of Disease Control says new cases may top 1,000 a day if restrictions are not imposed over the forthcoming holiday. The cluster linked to Bangkok entertainment venues has now led to 291 infections in the capital and beyond. Opas says those numbers will almost certainly increase and spread throughout Thailand without tougher restrictions being implemented over the holiday period.

Prominent virologist Yong Poovorawan, from Chulalongkorn University, has confirmed the Bangkok cluster is the UK variant, which can spread 1.7 times faster than the original strain. He says this means that infections in 2021 could be 10 times higher than last year. However, if current restrictions remain 10 times more relaxed than they were during the first outbreak in 2020, infections could skyrocket to 100 times higher than last year.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Infections could be 10 time higher in 2021?
    Well vaccinate 10 times more!!!
    You stupid people.
    Even then it will not be enough, try 80 times more.

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Er where is there a field in Bangkok to have an open field hospital?

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      Good lord man. There are 15 – 20 huge parks around Bangkok.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Too late. Vibharam and Ramkhamhaeng are already “overwhelmed” and closed for Covid tests and to Covid patients.

    Vaccinating 10 times more or 80 times more may not solve the problem, toby andrews. Sinovac and AZ effectiveness isn’t confirmed yet with variants. No good vaccinating everyone when the vaccines available may not work.

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    john2

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    They are saying the vaccines might not work against the new “Brazilian” and “Double” mutation variants. And its only a matter of time till they arrive here.

    IMHO this Pandemic will just keep escalation from here on in.
    Its starting to remind me of the BBC TV Series SURVIVORS (1975–1977) anyone remember that?

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    Jorma

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    What pandemic? Positive test result with pcr does not mean anything. How many of these “cases” are really sick?

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    However vaccinating with the vaccines available with bring the deaths and contagious figures down.

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    Ben

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    This move is a prudent one. Many in Bangkok have become lax in their mask usage and social distancing in indoor settings. People’s behavior in bars and clubs shows they’ve taken Thailand’s good performance for granted and they now act like there is no COVID in the country and they can do whatever they want.

    Now apparently they’ve identified fast spreading variants in the country and there is a more panicked feeling among the population than in previous outbreaks.

    This isn’t over yet until everyone gets vaccinated. And with variants popping up we’ll need boosters. Good luck now with opening up the country by July.

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    LondonAl

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:49 am

    “They are saying the vaccines might not work against the new “Brazilian” and “Double” mutation variants.”

    Who are “they” John2, and if someone says they “might” not work does that mean they won’t?

    You sir are what is known as a doom monger.

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    OK there are parks to use to vaccinate, but still the vaccination level is not even 1 percent!
    They really think they are big players in the world. The truth is that they need help from the west, as always . . .
    The Thais are launching a satellite yet their vaccination levels are comparable to Kenya!
    Ghana has vaccinated more!

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