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Officials say no plan to change mandatory hospitalisation for Covid patients

Maya Taylor



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Health officials insist that, despite rising infection rates, there is no plan to allow people who test positive for Covid-19 to self-isolate at home. Currently, everyone found to be infected is admitted for hospital treatment, even if asymptomatic.

Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control says the policy limits the number of patients who go on to transmit the virus to friends or family, thereby controlling the spread more effectively. Addressing a press conference yesterday, Opas insists there are no plans to allow patients to self-isolate at home, despite reports that many hospitals have run out of beds.

According to a report in The Pattaya News, Opas says field hospitals are being created in many areas and the government is implementing a “hospitel” plan, whereby hotels would be used to house asymptomatic patients and those with very mild symptoms. It’s understood that many of these facilities already serve as alternative state quarantine or local state quarantine hotels for those returning from overseas.

Meanwhile, Opas states that all Thais and migrant workers can get a free Covid-19 test, adding that 3 billion baht has been set aside for this. However, foreign nationals will have to pay to be tested, unless they are identified through the contact-tracing procedure, whereby health officials believe they may have been exposed to the virus.

According to the Pattaya News, some Thai media outlets are reporting that people are hesitant about coming forward for testing due to having to be hospitalised if they test positive. It’s understood many foreign nationals in particular are reluctant, as they would be required to pay for their hospital stay.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Have fun staying poor

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    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    I wouldnt come forward to be tested for the exact reason listed in the article. Not prepared to pay for hospital stay i dont want or need.

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    7.62mm of darwin

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    I was unaware of this forcible hospital detainment but now its goodbye forever. I will wait on Vietnam

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    Many a true word...

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Why else do you think they want you to have a $100k insurance policy, got to milk that sweet sweet baht as much as you can.

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    Simon Small

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Sorry, bad news @7.62mm.

    Vietnam has the exact same policy, except instead of a hospital your stay is in a “government quarantine facility”, and Cambodia is the same, and if one person on your flight to Cambodia tests positive the whole flight gets quarantined.

    According to friends I know in Vietnam who run personal tours there, the “government quarantine facility” isn’t suitable for tourists unless they speak Vietnamese and are comfortable with absolute basics so it’s not recommended.

    @Rip255, I’m told by my local hospital that if farangs have been here pre-covid and they test positive then they’re entitled to government hospital facilities, which was announced over a year ago, but that if they’ve arrived since then they pay. I can’t understand why Thais would be “hesitant about coming forward for testing”. If positive, their hospital stay is free and if salaried they get sick pay.

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    Greg Chapman

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Imagine being forced to stay in a hospital/prison if you just test positive but feel quite well, as in many cases or if the test is faulty.. Thailand is now a police state, An expat friend (Thailand 40 years) has relocated to Mexico and bought a beach front plot for $12,000 ! Vietnam and Cambodia could also be possibilities.

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    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    I love this. Like a goofy gun-crazy neighbor who gets himself a .22 cal and then shoots himself accidentally every month in the leg. “Oops.” Yeah I wont go to the test now either, was supposed to go before my flight out, but I rather test when I arrive back in Europe. I mean over one year now. And now you get record infections and no meaningful vaccinations. What’s wrong with this country?!

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    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    I was thinking of going this summer but this made me change my mind. Tomorrow I will be vaccinated with the AZ vaccine. As long as this hospitalization scheme is in place I won’t go. Suppose they detect a minimal virus load which is not enough to do any harm to others? Or you get a false positive. Off you go to be “chained” to a hospital bed.

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    Mister Stretch

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    It’s not okay that I pay taxes, support my family, put my kids through school without being able to own land in my own name, have to pay for my own health insurance coverage and on top of that, have to pay for a Covid-19 test if I want one.

    Even in the middle of a pandemic, the hatred that the government has for foreigners who choose to live here, for whatever reason, is quite evident.

    I do hope that anyone outside of the country and hears of some government plan to lure them to relocate here does their due diligence and realizes that never, ever does the Thai government do anything to benefit its farang community.

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    7.62mm of darwin

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 5:52 am

    @Simon Small, It looks like Asia finished for me forever. Go to either country and you will risk entrapment by the govt/junta and how the hell do you get home having been stripped of money. I dont see the supposed return of tourists with their money and I am beginning to think that this is what the junta want after all none of them will go without merely the peasants.

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