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37 campuses turned into field hospitals to tackle rising Covid-19 cases


The Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Ministry has turned 37 universities and institutes under its supervision nationwide into field hospitals and quarantine facilities. This is in response to rising Covid-19 cases in the new wave that was sparked in late March.

Wednesday saw the highest number of new confirmed cases at 1,335, driving the total number of cases in Thailand up to 35,910.

“Every agency under the ministry has been instructed to survey suitable locations that can serve as additional field hospitals, as the ministry is committed to containing the outbreak as soon as possible,” Minister Anek Laothamatas said on Wednesday.

The 37 universities and educational institutes that have been converted into field hospitals can accommodate 12,822 patients.

The sites are scattered across the country in major provinces, including Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Nakhon Nayok, Amnat Charoen, Surin, Udon Thani, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala.

Published : April 14, 2021

By : THE NATION