onsdag 28. juli 2021

Thailand puts Covid patients on sleeper trains home to ease crisis in Bangkok

Thailand has begun using sleeper trains to transport Covid patients out of Bangkok, where hospitals have been overwhelmed by a recent surge in cases. The first train left the capital on Tuesday, transporting 137 patients who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms to their home towns in the north-east of the country. Thailand is facing its third and most severe wave of Covid since the start of the pandemic, driven by the Delta variant, which has spread widely across the capital. Hospitals have been forced to treat patients in car parking areas, and to turn away patients who are severely ill.

Since April, the country’s total fatalities have grown from fewer than 100 to 4,397. On Wednesday, 16,533 cases and 133 deaths were reported. Public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Tuesday the service would move patients who were unable to access treatment in Bangkok. “The process is all secured because they will be closely monitored by doctors and staff and won’t stop anywhere. There will be an emergency team and ambulance standby at the destination,” he said.