More than 22,000 hospital beds readied as hundreds more cases found
A total of 22,690 hospital beds have been prepared to serve Covid-19 patients nationwide, the Department of Medical Services said on Friday. Thailand recorded 279 new cases on Friday.
Bangkok and its vicinity has 2,778 beds reserved for coronavirus patients from Samut Sakhon and other “red” provinces with more than 50 cases, informed Dr Natthapong Wongwiwat, the deputy director general of the ministry.
Of the 2,778 beds, 277 are currently occupied. Natthapong said that most cases from the new Covid-19 outbreak were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms.
Another 320 Covid patients are being treated in the outbreak’s epicentre of Samut Sakhon and nearby areas, where 1,647 hospital beds have been reserved.
Meanwhile 2,648 beds have been prepared from Samut Prakan to Trat, 248 of which are now occupied.
There are currently 11 Covid-19 patients critically ill in ICUs, eight in Bangkok and its vicinity.
Among these ICU patients, two were in need of close care from specialist doctors, said Natthapong. Three patients were recovering and would be moved out of ICU soon.