Positive results from antigen test reach record high in Thailand

The number of positive results from rapid antigen test kits reached a record high. Yesterday, the Thai health officials reported 42,138 positive results from the ATKs which need to be confirmed with an RT-PCR test to be included in the government’s official Covid-19 count. It’s unclear what the actual number might be as many people who test positive in a self-administered Covid test do not report their infection with public health officials.

Yesterday, health officials reported 42,138 positive results from ATKs, a record high, Thai PBS World reports. A total of 23,618 using RT-PCR tests were reported yesterday by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

While the chance that authorities may require isolation at a field hospital or a “hospitel,” many people have been hesitant about reporting their Covid-19 infection with the government.

A stay at a field hospital is typically free, but many have dozens of beds made from cardboard in a large space, like a gymnasium. Some have complained of little to no windows and little air ventilation.

“Hospitels” are hotels that partner with hospitals to provide quarantine rooms for Covid-19 patients with mild to no symptoms. Those who live alone or in a space where they can safely isolate themselves from others can be approved for home isolation.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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