THE BANGKOK Metropolitan Administration said the capital is getting an average 5,000 Covid cases a day and to boost prevention all 50 districts have been told to make a list of those in the 608 group, that is the elderly over sixty years age, those suffering from chronic diseases and pregnant women, and go to their homes to give them the required jabs, Matichon newspaper said today (Apr. 19).
This morning the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) stated that there were 16,891 Covid cases and 129 deaths over the past 24 hours taking the cumulative confirmed total since Jan. 1 to 1,840,409.
Another 24,927 patients were cured taking total recoveries since Jan. 1 to 1,670,866 while 197,349 patients are still undergoing treatment with 2,104 suffering from pneumonia, or an average of 27 per province. The nationwide bed occupancy rate is currently 25.9 percent.
However where Bangkok is concerned, BMA Permanent Secretary Kajit Chatchavanich said aside from tracking down those at greater risk of catching Covid to their homes to give them the required jabs, city officials will also be checking all elderly care centres to ensure they meet the required standard.
“We have to mount a public relations drive that the Covid virus is actually not weakening but we have become stronger after receiving the vaccines. Getting vaccinated is like training our immune system to become stronger.
“So people should not believe that the virus is weakening,” he said.
As of today 80 percent of Bangkok residents have been vaccinated and the city authorities urge all those not jabbed to get the shots with the goal being to do so by May 17 when the new school year starts.
Where Bangkok’s bed occupancy rate is concerned, 50 percent at BMA’s facilities are vacant, 70 percent at community centres and 50 percent in hospitals which is adequate to cope with the situation.
Statistics from the Bureau of Health show that of around 5,000 of Bangkok’s residents getting infected each day, approximately 2,500 are treated under home isolation scheme, another 2,000 under outpatient self-isolation system and the rest are admitted to various hospitals.
Of the first two groups only around 1-2 percent of the patients are later transferred to hospital, he added.
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