Coronavirus

Daily Covid tally tops 3,000 while market defends its field hospital

THE Public Health Ministry said early this morning (May 19) that there were 3,394 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours while 29 more patients died taking the death toll to 678, Amarin TV said.

Meanwhile Pathum Thani province’s See Mum Muang market management explained on its Facebook page last evening that the purpose of setting up Boon Raksa field hospital within its compound is to provide free medical care for asymptomatic patients so that none get left behind, Sanook.com said.

Of today’s cases, 1,896 were among the general public and 1,498 in prisons and detention centres.

The cumulative confirmed total has now climbed to 115,053 with the total in the current outbreak that started early last month being  88,086.

Another 4,450 patients were cured, adding up to 74,368 who have done so since the start of the pandemic and 46,942 in the current wave.

At the same time the See Mum Muang market management further explained that the field hospital was established at the old, unused area and is further away from the current wet market.

The management also pointed out that the field hospital had been set up according to standards and under the supervision of the Public Health officials.

The setting of a field hospital at a wet market had triggered a social media storm with netizens questioning the location’s suitability for medical care with this sort of a market being very wet and drainage from there could affect the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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The field hospital at See Mum Muang market. Photos: Sanook.com

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