11 July 2024

Many “green” COVID-19 cases, or those who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, in Bangkok’s 43 community isolation facilities have returned home after recovering and being cleared of the virus, according to Bangkok City Hall, as Thailand’s daily infection and death rates remain very high.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is planning to set up 60 community isolation facilities, which are designed to separate the infected from their homes and communities, amid an acute hospital bed shortage nationally, and to give them basic medical treatment. If their symptoms become more severe, they can be sent to hospitals quickly, according to BMA Permanent Secretary Silapasuay Raweesangsoon.

For example, the community isolation centre in Bang Khae district, which has 150 beds, accepted 399 patients between July 6th and 31st. 84 were sent to hospitals and 171 have returned home. Currently, 144 cases are still in the facility.

Meanwhile, the community isolation centre at Ramintra Sports Park in Bang Khen district, which has 150 beds, accepted 180 cases between July 13th and 31st. Four were sent to hospitals, one was sent to a field hospital, one was sent to “hospitel” and 65 have returned home. Currently, 109 are still in community isolation.

A community isolation centre in Bang Khun Thian district, which has 120 beds, has accepted 246 cases, 97 of which have returned home, while 107 are still at the centre. Another community isolation centre in Lat Krabang district has accepted 169 cases, 19 of whom have returned home. Wat Pak Bo community isolation in Suan Luang district, which has 140 beds, has accepted up to 265 cases so far.

Thailand recorded 17,970 new COVID-19 cases and 178 more deaths today, bringing the cumulative total, since April this year, to 604,421. Currently there are 208,875 people still receiving treatment across the country, while 13,919 new recoveries have been recorded today.

Today’s figures, while remaining high, were a slight drop from the weekend’s highs as the country battles its worst outbreak yet.