The Ministry of Public Health today, September 7th, revealed the latest hospital bed availability for Covid-19 patients in that the overall situation is improving as 70-80 percent of current patients are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
Dr. Somsak Ankasil, director-general of the Department of Medical Services, told the Associated Press that the overall number of infections has started to decline as most patients have no to few symptoms, 20 percent are “yellow” patients with moderate symptoms, and 3 percent are in critical condition and on a ventilator (red patients).
The Director-General said: “The hospital bed occupancy rate is about 43,000 patients while ventilator use and mortality rates have also decreased. As for Bangkok and its vicinity which have been accounting for more than half of all deaths, they have now declined to one in six of death rates.”
The number of patients in Home Isolation (HI) is also down by half, from 1,000 to less than 500 per day. Only about 7-8 percent among 53,594 patients in HI are transferred to hospitals for medical treatment.
As for quarantine at Community Isolation (CI) in 60 areas around Bangkok, about 5,804 out of 7,397 beds are available. No death has ever been reported from the CI. The overall situation in the area is considered relatively better compared to the past 1 month as there are more empty beds than patients.
“Last weekend, there were people going to department stores for the restaurant service. Some places needed to queue for 2-3 hours. We would like to remind the public to protect themselves, wear masks, and refrain from talking while eating to prevent the spread of infection,” said Dr. Somsak.
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