Military deploys 5,000 beds at field hospitals nationwide as 3rd wave hits Thailand
The Defence Ministry has set up field hospitals with room for more than 5,000 Covid-19 patients as the third wave of the virus rolls across Thailand.
“The ministry has set up field hospitals in Bangkok and its vicinity with total capacity of 3,195 beds, while field hospitals in other provinces have around 2,000 beds,” ministry spokesman Lt General Kongcheep Tantrawanich said on Monday.
Kongcheep added that the Army has set up 12 hospitals with a total 2,200 beds at its training facilities nationwide. Meanwhile, the Navy has set up three hospitals with 726 beds in Chonburi and Chanthaburi provinces, while the Air Force has set up a hospital in Nakhon Pathom province with 100 beds.
“The field hospitals will treat the infected and also help prevent the spread of Covid-19 to nearby communities,” said the spokesman. “The ministry will ensure that strict disease control measures are employed in these hospitals for the safety of the public.”
Health authorities reported 985 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, the highest number seen in Thailand this year. The latest outbreak emerged in Bangkok late last month and has since spread across the country.