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  • Lower Rates of COVID in States That Mandated Masks

    States that required people to mask up last year had lower rates of COVID-19 than those with no mask requirements, a new study finds.

    Researchers examined data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to assess mask policies, people's self-reported use of masks in public, and COVID rates from May through October 2020.

    They factored in a one-month delay between mask wearing and its subsequent potential effect on COVID infection rates.

    "States with the lowest levels of mask adherence were most likely to have high COVID-19 rates in the subsequent month, independent of mask policy or demographic factors," the Boston University team recently wrote on the preprint server medRxiv, before their findings had been peer-reviewed.

    Charlie Fischer of Boston University's School of Public Health led the study. The final reviewed findings were published April 14 in the journal PLOS ONE.

    The study classified COVID rates topping 200 cases per 100,000 residents as high -- and the researchers reported that 14 of 15 states that didn't require people to wear masks in public were in that category.

    They found that none of the eight states with 75% or higher self-reported public mask use had a high COVID rate.

    Those eight states had an average infection rate of 109.26 per 100,000 residents in the following month, compared with 249.99 per 100,000 in states with less than 75% public mask use.

    "This protective effect of mask wearing was evident across four months of the pandemic, even after adjusting the associations for mask policy, distance policy and demographic factors," Fischer and her colleagues said in a journal news release.

    States have had differing policies on mask use, and the authors said understanding the link between mask use and COVID rates could help guide policies to reduce pandemic-related pressure on health care systems, economic instability and death.

    They suggested that policies and public health efforts to reduce the spread of COVID should include a focus on increasing mask use nationwide.: https://consumer.healthday.com/b-4-1...652571068.html
    • Coronavirus Cases: 141,295,191

    Deaths: 3,023,272

    Underreported US death count: 580,756

    American Civil War Casualties (North and South) - 214,938

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    • Six million Thais rendered jobless by COVID-19 pandemic – ThaiHealth

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      About six million Thais have been rendered jobless, since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Thailand early last year, and 1.3 million university and college graduates are unlikely to find jobs or have opportunities to develop their capabilities, according to Khempetch Lenaphan of Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) on Friday.

      Citing a survey of people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, conducted by the National Statistical Office in cooperation with Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) and the UN Children’s Fund, she said that Thai people aged 15 to 24, especially those in their last year at university, are likely to be unemployed after graduation, because most private companies have halted or slowed recruitment.

      Moreover, Khempetch noted that most Thai workers do not have savings plans and, hence, do not have a nest-egg to rely upon if they are laid off.

      She also pointed out that most workers are not capable of adjusting to alternative jobs once they are laid off.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/six-mil...ic-thaihealth/

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      • Record number of new Covid-19 cases with two deaths

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        The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Sunday reported 1,767 new cases, the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic. Only two of the cases were overseas arrivals in quarantine facilities.

        Of the total, 1,477 people were exposed to the disease while visiting high-risk areas. Proactive testing led to the discovery of 288 cases.

        The CCSA is now focusing on six provinces -- Chonburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai and Bangkok -- as the daily number of new cases in these provinces was in triple digits on all days last week.

        Meanwhile, 113 patients have recovered and been discharged in the last 24 hours.

        As of Sunday, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand had risen to 42,352. Of these, 39,118 had been contracted locally, including 20,268 who were found via proactive testing, while 3,234 were returnees.

        So far, 28,683 have recovered and been discharged, 13,568 patients are still in hospitals and 101 have died.

        The 100th death was a senior monk in Bangkok, 54, who had chronic kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. He passed out on April 12 with fatigue symptoms and was taken to hospital where the medical team could not revive him. Tests later showed he was a Covid-19 patient.

        Another death reported on Sunday was a woman in Bangkok, 70, with SLD, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic kidney disease. She had high fever and difficulty in breathing on April 5. The patient was taken to hospital on April 12 and diagnosed with pneumonia and Covid-19. She passed away on April 17.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30405020

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        • Chula U students protest against strict controls at their dormitory

          A group of Chulalongkorn University students have rallied in the compound of their dormitory to protest against the imposition of strict controls over their access to and from the dormitory between April 13th and 26th, arguing that the rules amount to a breach of their right to freedom of movement.

          The protesting student said that maintaining that self-isolation is a matter of individual conscience, and not an imposed regulation, and they demand the lifting of the strict controls and proposed alternative measures.

          They suggest that students may enter or exit the dormitory compound, but they must identify themselves to security guards at the gate. No outsiders are to be allowed to enter the compound, with the exception of their parents who arrive in their cars and who may not leave their vehicles.

          Entry to or exit from the dormitory building is limited and the students must wear face masks all the time while outside their rooms. The finger scanning devices must be cleansed with disinfectant every ten minutes.

          Responding to the protesters’ demands, Dr. Chaiyaporn Phuprasert, vice rector for student affairs, explained that the restrictions are intended to ensure the safety of the students and to limit the risk of the transmission of COVID-19 to the community and their families.

          Denying that the students are forbidden to leave the dormitory, he said that the university adopted the restrictions with concern for the safety the students and society as a whole, noting that the students have the right to choose between going home or staying at the dormitory.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/chula-u...eir-dormitory/

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          • Public health minister says Thailand will continue with the use of AstraZeneca vaccine

            Thailand will go ahead with its COVID-19 vaccination program using the AstraZeneca vaccine, because authorities have not found any rare, but significant and serious side effects among the vaccine’s recipients in Thailand, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Thursday).

            Mr. Anutin chaired a meeting today of the National Communicable Disease Committee, during which he informed those present of the problem with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Denmark.

            On Tuesday, Denmark announced it will stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine altogether, becoming the first European country to do so, over suspicions of rare but serious side effects.

            Danish Health Authority director Soren Brostrom told the media that Denmark’s vaccination campaign will go ahead without the AstraZeneca vaccine.

            The European Union’s watchdog said last week it had found a possible link between the vaccine and very rare blood clots, while cautioning that the risk of dying from COVID-19 was much greater than the risk from rare side effects.

            Anutin told the media that the use of COVID-19 vaccines in Thailand was in close consultation with a panel in charge of their safety, led by Dr. Kulkanya Chokepaibulkit, saying that, if there is an instruction from the panel that the use of AstraZeneca should stop, then the Public Health Ministry will follow suit immediately.

            He said that the panel has been closely following reports of serious side effects from the AstraZeneca vaccine in several countries and acknowledges that there were several causes or conditions prompting some countries to suspend or stop using the vaccine, but there has not been any instruction from the panel to stop or suspend the use of the vaccine in Thailand.

            He stressed, however, that the Public Health Ministry has always attached importance to safety and will consult the committee whenever there are reports of serious side effects from a vaccine.

            Thailand now administers two COVID-19 vaccines, AstraZeneca, which was jointly developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, and Sinovac from China.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/public-...eneca-vaccine/

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            • Bangkokians returning after Songkran visit to provinces can self-assess for infection risk

              Bangkok Governor Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang on Thursday said that people who visited their hometowns during the Songkran holidays and were now returning to Bangkok should perform Covid-19 self-evaluation via the website: http://bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th/.

              “This platform has been set up to help prevent the spread of the outbreak by providing necessary information for disease tracing by health officials,” he said.

              “It is easy to use. People need to scan a QR code to verify themselves, and input their personal data and travel history. The system will calculate the risk level for each person and give instructions on the steps to follow. People who have low risk will be told to self-quarantine for 14 days, while those who have high risk will be visited by health officials who will perform a swab test free of charge.

              “People should also adhere to the ‘D-M-H-T-T-A’ principles advised by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, which are: distancing from others, wearing a face mask, washing hands, checking body temperature, testing for Covid-19, and using applications such as Thai Chana and Mor Chana,” he said.

              The governor added that people could also contact Bangkok’s health office for advice and enquiries about Covid-19 on tel: 0-2203-2393, 0-2203-2396, 0-2245-4964 or 097 046 7549, which is available 24/7, or contact Department of Disease Control hotline at 1422.: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30404944

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              • 100 new Covid cases in Prachuap Khiri Khan

                The lower central province with a popular tourist district of Hua Hin logged 100 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours.

                Dr Suriya Khuharat, chief medical officer of Prachuap Khiri Khan, said on Friday that 75 new cases were reported in Hua Hin alone. The remaining 25 cases were in other districts.

                Since April 1, the total Covid-19 cases of Prachuap Khiri Khan rose to 625, of whom 362 were women. Most of them were teenagers with mild symptoms, he said.

                This month, Hua Hin Hospital admitted 429 Covid-19 patients, 31 of whom recovered.

                Director Dr Niran Chantrakul said the hospital had 400 beds for Covid cases. A field hospital with 120 beds at Hua Hin Commercial College took in other patients in the district.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...uap-khiri-khan

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                • Thailand - Lockdown not needed: Anutin

                  The government is confident it can overcome the current Covid-19 crisis without needing to impose a nationwide lockdown, Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul said on Thursday.

                  Speaking after a meeting of the national committee on communicable diseases, an upbeat Mr Anutin announced: "We have seen no point in imposing a lockdown for the time being.

                  "The [current] cycle of disease has only been two weeks and we have had good cooperation from all stakeholders. What we need to see now is less mobility. If we can do it, we will definitely see a declining number of new infections by next month."

                  Covid-19 infections set a record for the second consecutive day on Thursday, with 1,543 cases -- 1,540 local infections and three imported cases -- raising the total to 37,453.

                  The committee decided to suggest to the government that it ban the drinking of alcohol in restaurants nationwide and forbid mass gatherings, including asking schools and universities nationwide to conduct all their courses online.

                  It concluded that 18 provinces should be classified as ultimate control (red zone) areas: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Phuket, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Songkhla, Tak, Udon Thani, Suphan Buri, Sa Kaeo, Rayong and Khon Kaen.

                  Mr Anutin said the committee widely agreed on a raft of measures to control the disease, including ordering that restaurants shut at 9pm in red zone provinces and 11pm elsewhere. The sale of alcohol in restaurants should be outlawed across the country, members said.

                  Other proposals included a ban on parties and gatherings of more than 50 people, banning all in-person classes and closing amusement parks, even including recreation areas inside department stores.

                  The proposals will be discussed at Friday's meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, to be chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. If implemented, the measures would be effective until the end of this month.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...-needed-anutin

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                  • 3 deaths but new Thai Covid cases fall to 1,394 Monday

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                    Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


                    The government on Monday recorded three additional Covid-19 fatalities and 1,394 new infections, all but six transmitted inside Thailand. The kingdom has now logged 104 coronavirus deaths and 43,742 cases since the start of the pandemic in January 2020.

                    Monday's tally was significantly lower than the record-high 1,767 new cases recorded on Sunday, although whether it is the start of a downward trend remains to be seen.

                    The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said the new deaths included a 56-year-old man who died in Prakhon Chai district of Buri Ram on Sunday. He had worked in a bar near Nana in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok before returning to his home province during the Songkran holiday.

                    Another death was of an 84-year-old woman who died on Friday, with records showing she was in contact with her grandson who worked at a nightspot on Ratchadaphisek Road and was infected with the virus.

                    The third fatality was a woman, 61, who died on Sunday after testing positive for the novel coronavirus at a hospital in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

                    The new confirmed infections on Monday included 1,384 local transmissions and six imported cases. It was the first time in three days that the number dropped below the 1,500 mark. The country registered 1,543 case on Thursday, 1,582 on Friday and 1,547 on Saturday and 1,767 on Sunday.

                    Bangkok saw cases drop to 293 from 346 on Saturday, while new transmissions in Chon Buri plunged to 98 from 229. In Chiang Mai, however, cases rose from 164 to 197, according to CCSA figures.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...o-1-394-monday


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                    • Army sets up 2 field hospitals

                      The army has set up two field hospitals in Prachuap Khiri Khan and Bangkok to reduce the burden on public hospitals across the country, says Col Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokeswoman of the army.

                      An army field hospital was set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid-19 patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology's field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

                      Another was set up at the Army House Kiakkai, by the Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital, in Dusit district to accommodate 86 Covid-19 patients from Phramongkutklao Hospital.

                      Col Sirichan said army chief Gen Narongphan Jitkaewtae was concerned about the Covid-19 outbreak, so every unit was instructed to support hospitals by providing equipment such as beds and provide facilities to patients in each hospital after coordinating with public health agencies.

                      The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and the Royal Thai Army Medical Department were also instructed to set up field hospitals in military camps or suitable areas to accommodate patients from public hospitals.

                      Meanwhile, Maj Gen Siraphop Supavanich, commander of the 4th Development Division at the Rattanapol military camp in Songkhla province, has ordered the provision of 100 beds for the setting up of a field hospital in the province.

                      He reportedly received a request for support from the provincial public health office.

                      The move followed Gen Narongphan's policy to ask every soldier to sacrifice their bed for field hospitals lacking them, he said.

                      Also, the 4th Development Division deployed soldiers in PPE suits to disinfect Hat Yai International Airport.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...ield-hospitals

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                      • New restrictions nationwide start Sunday to curb surge in COVID-19 infections

                        New restrictions are to be imposed across Thailand, from Sunday, for a minimum of 14 days, to contain the rapid spread of the third wave of COVID-19 infections.

                        As endorsed by the CCSA today, Thailand will now be divided into just Red and Orange zones, in accordance with the COVID-19 situation in each of the country’s 77 provinces, due to the worsening COVID situation.

                        Tighter controls will be imposed in the Red zones, which now cover 18 provinces, said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin.

                        The Red zone provinces are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Samut Sakhon, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Phuket, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, Songkhla, Tak, Udon Thani, Suphan Buri, Sa Kaew, Rayong and Khon Kaen.

                        The restrictions to be imposed in the Red Zones are:
                        • All eateries must close at 9pm for dine-in customers, but take-home services are permitted until 11pm. No alcoholic drink may be sold.
                        • All shopping malls, community shopping malls or other similar businesses may remain open until 9pm with a limit to be imposed on the number of customers at one time and no sales promotion activities.
                        • Convenience stores, super markets, night markets and walking streets can stay open until 11pm.
                        • Fitness clubs, sport stadia and gyms can stay open until 9pm.
                        • Competitive events may be held with a limited number of spectators.

                        The remaining 59 provinces have been classified as Orange zones. Restrictions include:
                        • All eateries can stay open until 11pm, but no alcoholic drink may be served.
                        • Shopping malls, including community shopping malls, can stay open until 9pm with limits on the number of customers at one time and no sales promotion activities.
                        • Members of the public are asked not to hold private parties or entertainment events.

                        All activities with more than 50 attendees are banned in both Red and Orange zones, unless prior permission has been granted by the provincial communicable disease committee.

                        Governors are empowered to close bars, pubs, karaoke bars, massage parlours and similar businesses for a minimum of 14 days.

                        Dr. Taweesin said that the CCSA subcommittee will advise the prime minister whether any more controls are needed.: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/new-res...19-infections/

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                        • 100+ medical staff infected by patients

                          More than 100 medical staff at many state hospitals have been forced into self-quarantine after patients failed to disclose they had been in contact with infected people.

                          Khon Kaen Hospital on Friday ordered 105 medical staff to quarantine immediately.

                          "These personnel have been in contact with Covid-19 patients, so they are now treated as a high-risk group and need to go into a 14-day quarantine," said Dr Nataya Mills, director of Khon Kaen Hospital.

                          The hospital had been forced to stop receiving referred cases and also to temporarily close two medical wards and one paediatric ward, she said.

                          Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, which is located on Royal Thai Air Force premises in Bangkok, announced it would stop receiving any new Covid cases from today until April 30 after medical personnel came into contact with Covid-19 patients. The hospital did not, however, say how many staff had been placed at risk.

                          Samut Prakan Hospital said on Facebook that two doctors, nine nurses and six others had been forced to self-isolate after a patient failed to provide information about having come into contact with an infected patient.

                          A spokesman said the situation has adversely affected medical services and warned patients not to withhold information, which is useful for their treatment and the protection of others.

                          The hospital also warned it would take legal action against any patients who refused to provide full details of their contacts with Covid-19 infected people, an offence that carries a maximum fine of 20,000 baht.

                          Samut Prakran yesterday reported 40 new Covid-19 cases, 27 local ones -- 21 in Muang district and six in Bang Phli district -- and 13 which originated in other provinces.

                          In Narathiwat, Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Hospital reported that six medical staff had contracted Covid-19 from patients who failed to give clear information about their previous contacts.

                          The hospital said the infected medical staff had been admitted to a special ward, while those at risk had been quarantined for 14 days and would be tested. The facility has also been disinfected.

                          The hospital has strongly urged people to strictly follow "DMHTT" guidelines (Distancing, Mask-wearing, Hand-washing, Temperature-taking/testing and using the Thaichana app to record their whereabouts) to help curb the spread of the virus.

                          In Ratchaburi, Photharam Hospital also carried out a thorough cleaning and announced a brief closure of its emergency department, plus an indefinite closure of its dental, physical therapy and Thai traditional medicine departments, after finding that six medical staff had contracted Covid-19.

                          Many hospitals are accepting donations of money, equipment and supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE) suits, face masks and gloves, to support the cost of coping with the pandemic. Vajira Hospital is among those calling for food donations to support medical staff.

                          Some have published their bank details for donations, including Thammasat University Hospital, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Siriraj Hospital, Rajavithi Hospital, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai (aka Suan Dok) Hospital and the non-profit Ramathibodi Foundation.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...ed-by-patients

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                          • Thailand - Four new deaths, 1,443 Covid-19 cases confirmed

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                            Perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Golden Land.


                            The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Tuesday reported 1,443 new cases and four deaths, bringing the total Covid-related fatalities in Thailand up to 108.

                            Of the deaths, three were Thai nationals, namely a 78-year-old woman and two men, aged 78 and 30. The fourth death was that of an 84-year-old Indian woman.

                            The Thai woman, a Bangkok resident, was already bedridden with high blood pressure and thyroid problems. Her infection was confirmed on April 3 and she succumbed to the virus on Sunday.

                            The 78-year-old man ran a business in Bangkok and suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes. He tested positive for Covid-19 on April 15 and died on Monday.

                            The 30-year-old Bangkok resident had been suffering from obesity. He tested positive for Covid-19 on April 15 and succumbed on Monday.

                            The 84-year-old Indian woman had been bedridden with thyroid problems and tested positive on Sunday. She died the same day.

                            Of the 1,443 cases confirmed, the highest number or 350 were in Bangkok, 116 in Chiang Mai, 82 in Chonburi and 60 in Samut Prakan.

                            Also, two had flown in from overseas, including a Thai woman from Denmark and an Indian man from his own country.: https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40000018

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                              • Thailand - Alarm rises over hospital bed shortage

                                As the number of Covid-19 cases in the third wave soars, several people including celebrities are turning to social media in a desperate attempt to find hospital beds for their families and friends.

                                Such calls for help have raised concerns the country's health system is being stretched to its limits.

                                One of the alarming voices comes from Boworn Tapla, a football player of Chiang Mai United who tested positive for the virus on April 12. As he waited for a hospital bed, the worst news came: his wife and their two little daughters also contracted the virus.

                                He called the hospital where he and his family took the Covid-19 tests only to be asked to wait due to long queues. He turned to Instagram to plead for help as his daughter's cough worsened.

                                It was not until Friday night, four days later, that his wife and their two daughters were admitted to Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in Bangkok. He was admitted to Navamin 9 Hospital in Nonthaburi yesterday morning thanks to assistance from the management of Chiang Mai United and chairman of Chiang Mai provincial administrative organisation.

                                The claims of Boworn Tapla seem to contradict the government's message that there are sufficient beds to accommodate Covid-19 patients, as long as they are not picky and demand to be treated at hospitals with five-star services.

                                Chalerm Harnphanich, president of the Private Hospital Association (PHA), has admitted many Covid-19 patients have to wait for beds because some private hospitals have failed to make arrangements for them.

                                Test me, quick: Subscribers of Social Security Fund in Bangkok turn up for free Covid-19 tests at the Bangkok Youth Centre in the Din Daeng area. SSF members are required to register online for testing which is limited at 3,000 per day. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

                                He said some privately-run hospitals do not refer patients to medical facilities outside their network and some are demanding patients pay for treatment and services despite the fact that Covid-19 medical expenses will be paid for by the government.

                                To cope with the spike in the Covid-19 caseload, the government has ordered authorities to provide 25,000 extra beds nationwide, in addition to hospitals' ordinary capacity, while the Ministry of Public Health is considering allowing Covid-19 patients who live alone to self-treat if medical facilities are overrun.

                                Under current practice, all Covid-19 patients must be admitted to reduce transmission. This explains why several privately-run hospitals in Bangkok earlier suspended Covid-19 test services due to a shortage of beds to accommodate virus victims.

                                National Health Security Office (NHSO) secretary-general Jadet Thammathat-Aree said yesterday 700 Covid patients were waiting to be admitted to hospitals.

                                However, they were not neglected as officers from the NHSO and the Department of Medical Services have been assigned to follow up daily on every case by phone. Meanwhile, Covid patients are advised to contact the NHSO hotline number 1330 or the Department of Medical Services' 1668 when they need help.

                                Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has asked the Department of Medical Services to draw up a self-care guidebook for Covid-19 patients at the Friday meeting with his deputy Sathit Pitutecha and senior public officials.

                                The guidebook is designed for infected patients who may have to self-treat at home if the number of patients remains high. However, this alternative is likely to apply to asymptomatic patients who live alone and will not spread the virus to family members.

                                However, Mr Anutin said that for the time being all Covid-19 patients must be admitted and makeshift facilities are being set up for infected patients.

                                He said hospitals are also urged to hook up with hotels to develop "hospitels" (hotels to house patients) to increase beds in ICU to treat those with severe symptoms that may increase over the next two weeks.

                                As the shortage of beds seems to have hit Bangkok and surrounding provinces, the National Institute for Emergency Medicine and the Erawan Medical Center Bangkok of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration are working together to find beds for all Covid-19 patients, he said. The minister also urged the public to remain calm and be patient.

                                A spokesman for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, said the capital still has beds available for Covid-19 patients but admitted its capacity to send patients to hospitals is limited. The BMA has a total of 9,183 beds for Covid patients and 4,244 are still available, he said. Extra beds have been added to Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital and two field hospitals at Chalerm Phrakiat Bang Bon Stadium and Bangkok Arena.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...l-bed-shortage

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