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Covid-19 patients in Bangkok sent to other provinces due to overcrowded hospitals



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To help ease overcrowding at hospitals in Bangkok, where more than 10,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 since April 1, some coronavirus patients are now being sent to the neighbouring provinces Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, just south of the capital, for treatment.

Field hospitals are reopening in Samut Sakhon, the epicentre of the last wave of infections in December and January. In Samut Prakan, 2 dormitories and an auditorium at the local Dhonburi Rajabhat University campus have been converted into field hospitals with 920 available beds, according to health permanent secretary Kiatiphum Wongrajit.

So far, around 400 patients infected with Covid-19, who are either asymptomatic or just have mild symptoms, are being treated at the field hospitals at the university in Samut Prakan. Some of the patients were first been treated Bangkok, but were transferred to a field hospital once they were confirmed to be in a stable condition.

Hospitals have become overcrowded this month following the spike in Covid-19 cases, infecting more than 30,000 people since April 1. A spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says there are now 201 Covid-19 patients waiting for hospital beds.

In Bangkok, 37 Covid-19 patients are waiting for hospital beds, according to the city clerk. Some of those patients include those who cannot be admitted to a field hospital like elderly people and autistic children.

Earlier this month, a number of Bangkok hospitals turned away people seeking Covid tests due to a shortage of beds for those who test positive for the virus.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. Ynwaps

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Now if you get covid and want to get tested they’ll ship your asymptomatic ass to a different region. Amazing Thailand ?

  2. Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Send them to Phuket. They have plenty of empty hotels with beds there.

  3. RMGD

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 3:11 am

    That picture maybe the most Orwellian thing I have ever seen in real life. I’m sticking to OBX for my next 4 years of vacations from now on.

  4. ispenst

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Asia does mass hysteria better than anyone. Sad that the West now follows the East.

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