Third wave of Covid: CCSA blames patients for not speaking up

Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is blaming the latest virus wave on those patients who failed to speak up about their symptoms. The latest round of the virus has seen a total of 512 health workers in 57 provinces infected, with authorities saying the main cause of the spread was due to patients lying about their health conditions. The CCSA says 265 of those that were infected, were in contact with or provided treatment for infected patients.

The infected health workers’ average ages are around 30 years old, with 56% showing Covid symptoms. The rest were asymptomatic. 35% of the workers are nurses, while the rest are dentists, at 5%, and physicians, at 10%. Most of them, or 65% work in public hospitals, while 29% work in private hospitals. The CCSA says Bangkok saw the largest number of infected health workers at 137, while Trang had 47, Nakhon Pathom had 25, and Chon Buri had 34.

Today, Thailand is reporting 1,630 new, daily infections and 22 deaths over the past 24 hours. The only 5 imported Covid-19 cases yesterday were from neighbouring countries, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Authorities say that patrols will have to be stepped up at this time to control the illegal border crossings.

All 5 people caught were Thais who were were trying to cross back into Thailand without going through the border checkpoints. They’ve all been admitted to state hospitals.

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Officials in the western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan have reported 115 new Covid-19 infections at a pineapple factory. 402 workers are now in quarantine, with a dedicated isolation facility set up within the factory, while the 115 patients are receiving medical treatment. Deputy provincial governor, Kittipong Sukpakun, says the quarantine facility will be in use for 14 days.

According to a Thai Residents report, most of the workers at the factory are Burmese nationals. In addition, there are 53 Thai workers on monthly contracts. The 402 workers in quarantine are considered high-risk. 202 of them live on-site, while the other 200 live outside of the factory complex. The makeshift quarantine area within the factory is off-limits to nearly everyone, with 24/7 security in place.

SOURCE: The Phuket News


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