Thailand: Critical situation in Bangkok hospitals with 100% COVID-19 patient occupancy
All the 36,977 beds set up for covid patients in public and private centers, field hospitals and medicalized hotels are occupied.
Pressure on hospitals in Bangkok is at a critical juncture with an occupancy of 100% while the numbers of infections of covid-9 in Thailand continue to rise at its worst wave of pandemic.
According to data from the Medical Services department published on Saturday, all the 36,977 beds set up for covid patients in public and private centers, field hospitals and medicalized hotels in the capital and nearby provinces are occupied.
To alleviate some of that hospital tension, the Rachapiphat public hospital installed dozens of beds for patients with the virus in the covered parking lot of the compound, according to photos published on social networks.
The shortage of beds coincides with calls for help by relatives of patients with symptoms or people suffering from the virus and who have to wait at home for a space in hospitals to be available.
Dr Apisamai Srirangsan, acting as a spokesperson for the pandemic management agency, admitted the day before that five people were found dead in their homes after demanding medical help.
On Monday, the Minister of Industry, Suriya Jungrungreangkit, assured that the country has a sufficient supply of sanitary oxygen to face the worst wave of infections and deaths since the pandemic was declared.
Thailand, the first country to detect the virus outside of China in January 2020, registered 14,150 new cases and 118 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 526,828 infected, including 4,264 deaths.
The capital and 12 other provinces are under partial confinement, which imposes a night curfew and limits meetings to five people, the closure of restaurants and leisure establishments, among other measures.
The vaccination campaign, which began in February, is lagging behind the initial schedule presented by the Government, and so far only 5 percent of the population has been vaccinated.