Thai Hospitals at Capacity as Covid Tally Highest Since May 30

Thailand is rushing to add capacity at state hospitals in virus-epicenter Bangkok for a surge in patients who need critical care, as the country’s third -- and worst -- Covid-19 wave shows little signs of easing.

Another 4,108 new infections were reported on Thursday, the highest daily tally in more than three weeks, with the spread of the delta variant and new clusters in factories and construction-worker camps adding challenges to government efforts to contain the surge that started in early April. A third of the latest cases were in Bangkok.

The Covid-19 task force is planning to use private and university hospitals to relieve strain on state facilities, add more personnel to care for patients and increase contact-tracing efforts, according to Apisamai Srirangsan, a Covid-19 center spokeswoman. The panel is also considering allowing home isolation for low-risk patients, she said.

Out of 39,517 patients currently hospitalized in Thailand, 1,564 are in critical care, with more than a quarter on ventilation. The country reported an average of 3,560 new infections a day over the past week, as it struggles to ramp up inoculations. The vaccination rate currently stands less than 6% of the population nationwide.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand has 23 listed companies in its index of health-care services, many of which operate multiple facilities, among them Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Pcl, Bumrungrad Hospital Pcl and Bangkok Chain Hospital Pcl.

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