Authorities in Thailand have set up thousands of campaign hospitals to deal with the influx of patients with coronavirus while they have mobilize hotels to offer extra beds for the asymptomatic.
Thailand reported 1,582 new cases today – the fifth highest number of daily coronavirus cases this week – as authorities set up With these new cases the total number of infections was 39,038 and the number of deaths remains 97.
According to AMPE, the country will close schools, bars and massage parlors and ban the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants for at least two weeks starting on Sunday following an increase in coronavirus cases.
Activities involving more than 50 people will also be banned, according to a spokesman for the Coronavirus Service, who added that 18 provinces, including the capital Bangkok, have been designated “red zones” while the rest of the country is in the “orange zone” category.
All positive cases must be treated, according to the regulations in force in the country, and with 10,461 patients being treated, the hospital sector is in danger of being overburdened.
More than 20,000 beds have been installed in the country’s campaign hospitals, gyms and community centers.
According to the Ministry of Health, 5,000 beds from 23 hotels will be utilized.
Nearly 2,000 beds are occupied and another 7,000 can be given for use.
The hotels, which already accommodate travelers to Thailand in quarantine, are the most suitable for this use, the president of the Thai Hoteliers Association told Reuters.
Hotels are registered through the Ministry of Health and cooperate with those hospitals that need extra beds.
The hotels vary from three to five star facilities located mainly on the outskirts of the capital, which is the epicenter of the last wave of the pandemic and where today 312 new cases were recorded.
Thailand has so far managed to limit the increase in cases compared to other countries, but the third wave is noted as many were travelers during the Thai New Year holiday, Songkran, this week, and given that vaccination rates remain low.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said the government was in contact for the possibility of receiving the Sputnik V and Pfizer vaccines.
So far it has two million doses of the Chinese vaccine Sinovac and 117,300 AstraZeneca vaccines.