Bangkok Arena turned into field hospital as infections rise
The Bangkok Arena in Nong Chok district is being transformed into a 500-bed field hospital for Covid-19 patients as daily cases rise.
“The field hospital will be named ‘Erawan Hospital 2’ and will open for public use on April 19,” Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said on Tuesday.
“Officials are laying down floor covering to prevent damage to the stadium floor and installing various systems, including ventilation, CCTV cameras, garbage disposal and wastewater management. We have also prepared patient registration booths and waiting rooms for relatives, as well as improving the building’s security.”
So far, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has established four field hospitals in the province with a total capacity of 1,250 beds. Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital in Bang Khun Thian district has 500 beds, Rachapiphat Hospital in Thawee Watthana district has 200, the Erawan 1 Hospital at the 84th Anniversary Stadium in Bang Bon district has 305 beds, and the Erawan 2 Hospital has 350 beds.
Health authorities recorded 965 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, 194 in Bangkok.