Bang Khen police chief catches Covid, daily count soars to 559

THE head of Bang Khen police station has tested positive for coronavirus and is now being treated at Police Hospital while there were 559 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, said today (April 9).

Bang Khen Public Health officials thoroughly sprayed the whole station with disinfectant while the timeline of the station’s police chief is being reviewed to contact those at risk of catching this infection. 

Metropolitan Police said the addition of seven new cases raised the total to 31 policemen who are now infected with Covid-19. One case each cropped up at Metropolitan divisions 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 with two provincial policemen likewise getting infected.

Meanwhile at 11.30 a.m. today the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)  said there were 559 new coronavirus cases over the past day taking the cumulative confirmed total to 30,869 with there being an additional fatality raising the toll to 96.

Altogether 28,128 patients have been cured while 2,645 are still undergoing treatment.

The patient who died is a 60-year-old male inmate who was suffering from tuberculosis. His condition worsened and on April 1 coronavirus infection was detected and he passed away yesterday.

Of the new batch of cases, 401 emerged in surveillance and service systems while 148 were found through proactive search in communities. Ten overseas arrivals were either hospitalized or placed in quarantine.

Another hospital reduces service

In another development Rajavithi Hospital has closed its operation room after one of the resident surgeons contracted coronavirus and it is now no longer accepting any cases except the most urgent ones.

An investigation by the hospital’s committee found 10 more personnel at risk of getting infected and they have now been quarantined.

The hospital requested all patients to not come to the hospital unless there is an emergency with announcements to be made at regular intervals.

Patients who come down with fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of sense of smell and taste and with history of contacting an infected person may get treatment at the hospital’s Respiratory Infection Clinic which will remain open during Songkran holidays, April 12-15, from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Self-assessment can be made through the hospital’s telemedicine consultation system at


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