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UPDATE: Field hospitals being established in Covid hot zones around Thailand

Tim Newton



UPDATE: The field hospital in Bangkok’s Bang Bon district, west of the Chao Phraya river, had its first 10 Covid patients today. The director of the medical services office of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says that the 10 patients into the makeshift hospital, located at the Chalerm Phra Kiat Stadium, will enable assessment of the performance by the medical team, before more patients arrive – Thai PBS World

ORIGINAL STORY: Despite the confident posture and Songkran going ahead, amid restrictions, there is a lot of background activity which suggest the authorities are getting ready for a surge of new infections at the end of the Songkran break, officially this Thursday (but in reality, next Sunday at the end of the weekend when most people who travelled home will return for a resumption of work).

The Thai lunar new year celebrations – Songkran – are the largest mass movement of Thais each year, a source for a huge leap in road deaths and accidents. And, this year, a potential super-spreader event.

Quietly, at least 3,000 extra beds have been prepared in 10 field hospitals around Bangkok. The government has also confirmed that additional field hospitals are being set up in other potential ‘hot zones’, including Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Hua Hin. Some of them were set up last year, and since closed, and now being prepared for new positive infections.

One Thai person who had been in one of the field hospitals put together a check-list of things to take IF you end up as an invited ‘guest’ HERE.

The CCSA say they are looking for additional beds in hotels and previous state quarantine facilities (where repatriating Thais were housed for their free quarantine) to be used if needed.

This year’s Songkran had bad timing, coming just a week after a number of major clusters were identified around some of Bangkok’s popular nightlife areas in 3 key inner city districts. Even before Songkran these isolated clusters had already spread into the provinces. In the weekend before Songkran the government had already listed 37 provinces which had instigated some form of paperwork or restrictions for people who had been in any of the 3 Bangkok districts.

The government also leapt on the source of the new outbreaks – bars, clubs and entertainment venues – and promptly shut them down for at least 2 weeks. At this stage it looks likely that that ban will be extended beyond the 2 weeks and, depending on the extent of new infections following the Songkran holiday, additional restrictions will also be added.

Even today the Civil Aviation Authority published a number of new in-flight restrictions for passengers – another blow to the hard-hit domestic aviation sector.


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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Looks like Thai government thinks the answer is to keep shutting things down indefinitely. Good luck, you’re going to need it!

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    The CCP gave you the virus
    The CCP advisors tell you to shut down, so you do
    The CCP then sells you the vaccine
    What’s that? Your economy is wrecked? Well then…the CCP will gladly loan you money!

    The public health aspect of this is long over, it’s a con at this point to extend control. Texas and Florida are living life again and people aren’t dropping dead nor are thousands on ventilators.
    Wake up, Thailand.

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Agree with MJD. INSANITY.

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    J West

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 8:10 am

    If it was decided in advance, to set up overflow field hospitals weeks before Songkran , because it was known in science and official circles, that a rise in Covid cases would follow, why on earth was the mass migration allowed to go ahead?

    This reminds me of the 2019 Chinese Golden Week migration where millions of travelers spilled out globally and infected the world, even though the Chinese government knew months in advance ( October) even when evidence was known in advance Covid was killing hundreds of thousands in ten provinces outside the Wuhan epicenter?

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:21 am

    The installation of field hospitals in the main areas is to anticipate the inevitable. good maneuver

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:07 am

    “The installation of field hospitals in the main areas is to anticipate the inevitable. good maneuver”

    Agreed, @David. Why anyone would criticise a sensible precautionary measure that inconveniences no-one is beyond me.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:18 am

    “Texas and Florida are living life again and people aren’t dropping dead nor are thousands on ventilators.”

    200 have been “dropping dead” from Covid every day in Texas on average for the last month with over 3,000 currently seriously ill and hospitalized (up 120 this week compared to last).

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    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1:12 am

    @Simon Small

    In 2018 10,000 people died from flu in Texas but this year flu cases are being counted as Covid deaths. No doubt, that’s where your numbers are coming from.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    @ Gordon, my numbers are from Worldometer, whose figures for Texas are from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

    I think they probably have a pretty good idea and are able to tell the difference between Covid and flu.

    “No doubt” you’re following the QAnon line that because flu deaths were “unusually low” in 2020 they’re being “counted as Covid deaths” while overlooking the obvious, that social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, etc, would reduce flu numbers.

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Even so Small Simon, the deaths are 0.171 per capita.
    Average daily death in Texas is 556 a day. Source indexMundi.
    Did 200 a day die of covid, or were they dying anyway and covid finished them off?

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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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