Thailand Faces Uphill Battle against Fresh Wave of Covid-19 Outbreak

BANGKOK, April 10 (Bernama): Thailand is facing uphill battle against fresh wave of Covid-19 infections in the kingdom as the number of daily cases keep rising.

Over the last 24 hours, Thailand recorded 559 new Covid-19 cases and one fatality, bringing the total infections in the kingdom to 30,869 and 96 deaths, thus far.

Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) assistant spokeswoman Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul said of the 559 new cases, 549 were local transmission including 148 through active case detection, and 10 imported cases.

“A total of 214 cases linked to entertainment outlets in various provinces,” she said at COVID-19 daily briefing today.

She said the single fatality involved a 60-year-old Thai man, a prison inmate in Narathiwat province.

The man had tuberculosis and succumbed to the virus on Thursday, she added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha affirmed that hospitals have adequate Covid-19 testing kits.

“The issue that remains to be solved is to alleviate overcrowding at hospitals,” he said in a statement.

Earlier, local media reported many private hospitals in Bangkok have suspended Covid-19 test following the shortage of testing kits and beds.

Prayut said the government will set up field hospitals in Bangkok to accommodate Covid-19 infected patients.

Despite the increase of Covid-19 infected patients, he said the situation remains under control and all patients could be traced.

“The government has made a preparation to cope with such situation, and will ensure fair distribution of vaccines, as well as to put utmost effort to care for and uplift people’s morale,” he said.

Meanwhile, CCSA spokesman Thaweesilp Wissanuyothin said all entertainment outlets including pubs, bars, karaoke bars and massage parlours in Bangkok and 40 provinces will be closed for at least 14 days from tomorrow.

He said provincial governors and communicable disease committee at 36 other provinces could decide whether to remain open or close these venues.

Meanwhile, Prayuth called on the people to celebrate “new normal” Songkran or Thai traditional new year next week.

” Everyone must strictly follow public healthcare measures including wearing mask, social distancing, and avoiding risky places.

“They are also urged to cancel or refrain from attending any Songkran activity which may pose risk, and hold water-pouring ceremony within the family instead,” he said. – Bernama

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