WITH Thailand for the fourth consecutive day logging a new daily high of coronavirus case with this reaching 6,230 this morning (July 3) amid 41 fatalities, officials have quickly improved the hotline system which can now receive more phone calls, TV Channel 7 and Sanook.com said
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed that of the new batch of cases 5,936 were among the general public and 294 in prisons and detention centres.
This takes the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 277,151 and in the current wave that began in April 248,288.
The 41 more fatalities raised the death toll to 2,182.
At the same time another 3,159 patients were cured taking the number of recoveries to 217,499.
Meanwhile Dr. Somsak Ankasil, head of Medical Services Department, said with the Covid crisis having greatly worsened leading to emergency calls to the hotline numbers 1668 and 1669 jumping five times, the system has urgently been expanded with the help of private companies.
Links have been established with the department’s three regional hospitals in assessing patients who call in to coordinate in arranging beds and examination by RT-PCR method.
As of today patients are advised to self-assess their status, should they be suffering from shortness of breath while talking, speechlessness, difficulty in breathing, constant chest tightness or pain, unable to communicate on their own or become unconscious they should call 1669 to be admitted to hospital in a timely manner.
Those who have never called the hotline before should add the Line ID @1668.reg and fill out their details in the Google Sheet provided. The staff will proceed to find them a bed without their having to call the hotline 1668. Staff will call them once a day to monitor their symptoms and coordinate in finding a bed.
Top: An emergency room in a Thai hospital. Photo: NNT
Home Page: The Erawan Hospital 1 field hospital in Bangkok. Photo: TV Channel 7