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PM tells state agencies to expand facilities as Covid-19 cases surge


Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on Saturday told government authorities to augment facilities for treating the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.

In a Facebook post, he said that the Public Health Ministry had been told to arrange additional beds to tackle shortage and cooperate with transport agencies on sending patients to hospitals in Bangkok's perimeter.

"The Public Health Ministry will contact 1,423 patients on transportation to hospitals based on symptoms within 2-3 days," he said.

Prayut, who also heads the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the Public Health Ministry had also been told to improve the efficiency of the call centre to cope with increasing patients, allow patients to screen for Covid-19 at field hospitals to reduce congestion in hospitals and increase the number of volunteers.

"If the situation worsens, the quarantine period for asymptomatic patients in hospitals may be reduced to 10 days while they can continue self-isolation in their homes, so as to increase bed availability and relieve the burden on medical staff," he said.

He said government authorities nationwide have been urged to strictly implement measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

"Provincial governors have the authority to tighten measures, such as closing premises or imposing curfew, as necessary," he said.

He promised to continue monitoring the government authorities' operations in order to solve this crisis based on people's safety.

Published : April 25, 2021

By : The Nation