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Covid-19 outbreak in Bangkok could take months to control, health official says

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It could take more than 2 months to control the recent Covid-19 outbreak in Bangkok which is concentrated around bars and nightclubs in Thong Lor. Health officials suspect the faster-spreading UK variant of the virus has spread at the bars and entertainment venues in Bangkok.

The outbreak has reached around 20 provinces. While it may take 1 to 2 months to get the coronavirus situation under control throughout Thailand, it will take longer in Bangkok where most of the infections are, according to the permanent secretary for health Kiatiphum Wongrajit.

“The main source of the infections is in Bangkok’s entertainment venues, which could take longer to contain, depending on measures.”

Several hospitals in Bangkok have stopped Covid-19 testing due to a shortage of beds. The Royal Thai Army is now setting up field hospitals with 3,000 beds in 10 army bases.

Health officials confirmed that the highly contagious B.1.1.7. variant of the virus has reached Thailand. The mutated strain was first detected in Britain. Thailand’s top virologist Yong Poovorawan says the UK variant may have come into Thailand from Cambodia where the strain has also been reported.

Thailand started its vaccination campaign in late February and so far, around 300,000 people have been vaccinated, according to Reuters. The country’s mass immunisation campaign is set to start in June when the locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccine is ready.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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  1. toby andrews

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Well if it has come from Cambodia it is proving not to be very dangerous.
    About 2000 out of 3000 have recovered.
    Only 26 have died and most, if not all, were old, fat, and sick already.

  2. Roger Bruce

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:02 am

    MMM recovered to be carriers?
    2000 to 20,000
    20,000 to 2,000,000
    2,000,000 to 20,000,000
    Australia recently had 1 UK variant test positive on a flight in Qld The whole state closed its borders for 2 weeks and the city in full lockdown for 3 days.WE didn’t treat Uk virus as a joke mate
    ASK BRAZIL IF THIS IS A JOKE THEY JUST HAD NEARLY 5000 DEAD IN ONE DAY

    GOOD LUCK Thailand

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