UPDATE: The sector hospital in Bangkok’s Bang Bon district, west of the Chao Phraya river, had its first 10 Covid sufferers immediately. The director of the medical providers workplace of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says that the ten sufferers into the makeshift hospital, positioned on the Chalerm Phra Kiat Stadium, will allow evaluation of the efficiency by the medical staff, earlier than extra sufferers arrive – Thai PBS World
ORIGINAL STORY: Regardless of the assured posture and Songkran going forward, amid restrictions, there may be plenty of background exercise which counsel the authorities are preparing for a surge of latest infections on the finish of the Songkran break, formally this Thursday (however in actuality, subsequent Sunday on the finish of the weekend when most individuals who travelled dwelling will return for a resumption of labor).
The Thai lunar new yr celebrations – Songkran – are the most important mass motion of Thais every year, a supply for an enormous leap in street deaths and accidents. And, this yr, a possible super-spreader occasion.
Quietly, at the very least 3,000 further beds have been ready in 10 subject hospitals round Bangkok. The federal government has additionally confirmed that extra subject hospitals are being arrange in different potential ‘scorching zones’, together with Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Hua Hin. A few of them had been arrange final yr, and since closed, and now being ready for brand new optimistic infections.
One Thai one who had been in one of many subject hospitals put collectively a check-list of issues to take IF you find yourself as an invited ‘visitor’ HERE.
The CCSA say they’re in search of extra beds in resorts and former state quarantine services (the place repatriating Thais had been housed for his or her free quarantine) for use if wanted.
This yr’s Songkran had dangerous timing, coming only a week after plenty of main clusters had been recognized round a few of Bangkok’s well-liked nightlife areas in 3 key inside metropolis districts. Even earlier than Songkran these remoted clusters had already unfold into the provinces. Within the weekend earlier than Songkran the federal government had already listed 37 provinces which had instigated some type of paperwork or restrictions for individuals who had been in any of the three Bangkok districts.
The federal government additionally leapt on the supply of the brand new outbreaks – bars, golf equipment and leisure venues – and promptly shut them down for at the very least 2 weeks. At this stage it seems possible that that ban will probably be prolonged past the two weeks and, relying on the extent of latest infections following the Songkran vacation, extra restrictions may even be added.
Even immediately the Civil Aviation Authority revealed plenty of new in-flight restrictions for passengers – one other blow to the hard-hit home aviation sector.
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