Seven Covid patients forced to camp outside Bangkok apartment block
The plight of seven Covid-19 patients camping outside an apartment block in Bangkok Din Daeng district drew a wave of sympathy from netizens on Monday. Photos of the makeshift quarantine camp posted on the Zendai Facebook page also sparked accusations that authorities had abandoned the patients.
Attached to the patients’ tent was the sarcastic message "People who do not have any connections".
According to the Facebook post, the seven patients were found during proactive testing but denied medical treatment because no hospital beds were available.
"The page decided to set up tents for the patients as they could spread the virus to others while waiting in the confined apartment," the post said.
"Hence, we would like to ask the government to prepare a plan to support proactive testing [with medical treatment]."
The National Housing Authority eventually made two rooms available where the seven patients could isolate while waiting for medical treatment. All seven have now been moved to a hospitel.