Pattani Covid-19 peak fills almost all field hospital beds

In the Deep South Province of Pattani, health officials report that field hospital beds are roughly full with 4,000 patients being treated as the number of Covid-19s rises in the region. Pattani’s provincial public health office is fighting to create community isolation treatment centers that can accommodate up to 10,000 patients as Covid-19 infections continue to mount.

The region is imposing stricter Covid-19 security measures as the head of the PPPHO has asked the disease control committee to strengthen regulations on the province’s restaurant shops, markets and mosques.

Pattani had nearly 27,000 Covid-19 infections with a record 566 new infections yesterday and 327 cumulative deaths. Muang District alone currently has 1,264 active infections and has reopened several field hospitals to cope with the burden of patients.

Pattani Hospital is also struggling to cope with the spike in infections, not only scrambling to find available beds, but also suffering from a staff shortage as some of the medical workers there also caught Covid- 19. Some patients are being transferred to Somdejprayuparach Hospital in Sai Buri District, especially those requiring surgery, as Pattani Hospital lacks surgical staff to perform the procedures.

Neighboring provinces are not doing much better, with Songkhla seeing 475 new Covid-19 infections yesterday, bringing their total active infections to 6,340 currently. New daily infections over the past week have been steadily between 400 and 600 each day.

So far, more than 36,000 people have been infected with the virus and provincial authorities have now set up checkpoints for entry to high-risk southern provinces surrounding it. District hot spots for epidemics include Hat Yai, Chana, Muang, Rattaphum, Saba Yoi, Singha Nakhon and Thepa districts.

Vaccination is a key issue driving the surge in Covid-19 cases in Pattani, with less than 50% of the population vaccinated and 90% of patients currently in treatment for Covid-19 not being vaccinated.

The surge in Covid-19 cases is expected to continue for at least the next few weeks.

THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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