Hospital beds for severely sick urgently needed in Bangkok, vicinity


THE Medical Service Department urged all sectors to quickly help find beds for patients in Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces because there were only 20 vacant beds available for the severely sick this morning (June 22), Amarin TV said.

Dr. Somsak Ankasil,the department’s director-general, said the number of patients infected with coronavirus has been continuously increasing, especially in Bangkok and nearby provinces, where over 1,000 patients have been coming in for treatment everyday for two months now.

This large increase is apparent in both red and yellow groups, with the former consisting of patients with severe symptoms who need a ventilator, while the latter are moderately symptomatic or have risk factors thus need additional care.

Beds are urgently needed for both these groups of patients.

Meanwhile the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said at 12.30 p.m. today (June 22) that there were 4,059 new Covid cases over the past 24 hours and 35 fatalities that raised the overall death toll to 1,693.

The cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic has now risen to 225,365 and in the current wave that started in April 196,502.

Of the new batch of cases, 2,257 emerged in surveillance and health service systems, 1,706 were found through proactive search in communities, 75 fell sick in prisons and detention centres, while 21 overseas arrivals were placed in state quarantine.

Another 2,047 patients were cured taking total recoveries since the onset of the pandemic to 187,836 and in the current wave 160,410. An additional 35,836 patients are still undergoing treatment with 1,479 in serious condition and  410 requiring ventilators.

Latest data on vaccination shows 7,906,696 people have received Covid jabs so far.

– Another 152,809 received their first jab adding up to 5,678,848 who have done so;

– An additional 74,830 got their second jab with 2,227,848  having completed the course.


Top: A room in the ICU ward of a hospital. Photo: Thai Rath

Home Page: A shared room in a hospital. Photo: NNT


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