BANGKOK, Thailand — Well being authorities in Thailand raced to arrange a big discipline hospital in a cargo constructing at one in every of Bangkok’s airports on Thursday because the nation reported file numbers of coronavirus instances and deaths.
Different discipline hospitals are already in use within the capital after it ran out of hospital services for hundreds of contaminated residents.
Employees rushed to complete the 1,800-bed hospital at Don Mueang Worldwide Airport, the place beds produced from cardboard field supplies have been laid out with mattresses and pillows. It’s to be prepared for sufferers in two weeks.
The airport, a home and regional hub, has had little use as a result of virtually all home flights have been canceled two weeks in the past.
The short unfold of the delta variant additionally led neighboring Cambodia to seal its border with Thailand on Thursday and order a lockdown and motion restrictions in eight provinces.
Thailand reported 17,669 new instances and 165 deaths on Thursday, its highest quantity because the pandemic started in early 2020. Of these, 7,875 instances and 127 deaths have been in metropolitan Bangkok, a area of practically 15 million individuals.
Bangkok and its surrounding provinces have been in lockdown for greater than two weeks, with in a single day curfews and entry solely to supermarkets, pharmacies and important companies reminiscent of hospitals.
Authorities mentioned about 6,100 sufferers within the Bangkok space are ready for beds. Of these, 103 are in vital situation, 1,410 have average signs and 4,662 have gentle signs. Practically 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 individuals across the nation are in medical services, some with signs and a few with out.
Thailand has recorded a complete of 561,030 instances and 4,562 deaths. Greater than 90% have been reported throughout the surge that started in early April.
At a market close to the airport, a couple of individuals have been out procuring and plenty of mentioned they have been involved in regards to the virus’s unfold.
“I watched the information and I bought so burdened and depressed about so many individuals needing assist. I don’t go away the home fairly often anymore, solely every now and then when it turns into vital to purchase some provides,” mentioned Chaninart Aimoat, a 32-year-old workplace employee.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s authorities is going through harsh criticism over its dealing with of the virus surge and gradual vaccination program, amid reviews of individuals dying within the streets or of their houses whereas ready for remedy.
Thailand hopes to offer 100 million doses of vaccines and inoculate 70% of its inhabitants inside this yr. Thus far it has administered 16.6 million doses nationwide. Round 18.5% of its 69 million individuals have acquired at the very least one dose whereas 5.5% are totally vaccinated.
On Wednesday, Swiss Humanitarian Help dispatched 100 respirators and greater than 1,000,000 antigen assessments to Bangkok to assist struggle the outbreak, whereas Britain is to ship 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine inside two weeks.
In the meantime, 1.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccine donated by the U.S. authorities are to reach Saturday morning.
“We shall be sending at least 1.5 million doses of COVID vaccine, in actual fact the purpose is 2.5 (million). However the first cargo shall be 1.5 (million),” mentioned Thai-born U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth.
Neighboring Cambodia is to obtain its first batch of 1 million vaccines donated by the U.S. on Friday, because it takes steps to gradual a surge across the nation regarded as brought on by Cambodian employees fleeing Thailand.
Prime Minister Hun Sen mentioned the border shall be shut to every part besides industrial visitors till Aug. 12.
Cambodia’s well being ministry on Thursday reported 765 new instances and 11 deaths. It has confirmed a complete of 75,152 instances and 1,339 deaths.
Not like Thailand, greater than 40% of its inhabitants has had at the very least one vaccine dose. Cambodia plans to vaccinate at the very least 12 million of its roughly 17 million individuals.
Related Press journalists Patrick Quinn in Bangkok and Sopheng Cheang from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, contributed to this report.