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Doctor says too early to drop guard

BANGKOK: A leading pulmonary disease specialist has called on the Ministry of Public Health to postpone its plan to declare Thailand in the post-pandemic stage from today (July 1), a prelude to declaring COVID-19 an endemic disease.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 1 July 2022, 08:59AM


A street food vendor waits for customers on Khao San Road, Bangkok, last month. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

A street food vendor waits for customers on Khao San Road, Bangkok, last month. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

The number of new patients infected with COVID-19 admitted to privately run Vichaiyut Hospital is rising at a high enough rate for the hospital to reopen its COVID-19 ward, said Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, a pulmonologist.

The planned declaration should be put on hold until the situation improves significantly, he said, adding that all hospitals in Bangkok are now seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Although most of the new patients treated at Vichaiyut did not have severe infections because they all have been vaccinated, the alarming increase in numbers should be considered a cause for concern, Dr Manoon warned.

His observation corresponds with a recent jump in lung infections among new COVID-19 infections reported by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), reports the Bangkok Post.

That number hit 684 yesterday (June 30), marking a steep climb over the past two weeks, said Dr Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokeswoman for the CCSA.

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The number is expected to keep rising but remain within the range of previous forecasts made before the face-mask mandate was lifted and night entertainment venues were allowed to reopen in 31 provinces, she said.

The average hospital bed occupancy rate has consequently risen but is also still within an acceptable level at 9.9%, she said. Hospitals in provinces such as Samut Prakan are seeing a higher rate in excess of 20%, she added. Of all 14 COVID-19-related deaths recorded yesterday, six had not received any vaccinations, Dr Apisamai noted, suggesting that doses and boosters should be sought.

Moreover, the country is well below its target of getting 60% of the population to receive booster shots, having managed to hit just 46.5%, she said. Only Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Phuket have met the target.

The CCSA is not considering raising COVID-19 control measures at the moment, as the number of new patients found to be infected by the more transmissible BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants remains low, Dr Apisamai said.

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, played down concern over the number of new infections, saying the rise has only been observed in certain provinces, while the number of severe cases has slightly increased.

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Kurt | 01 July 2022 - 13:58:54

No need DR Manoon warns about numbers. Don't spread panic. Corona/Covid is world wide among us and that remains so. Many 3-4 times vaccinated people will catch Covid. If not over-vaccinated their immune system will get them through it and build up more resistance. Just don't over-vaccinate to avoid breaking down own immune system. A thai ladyfriend was asked to come for 5th vaccination. Cr...

Kurt | 01 July 2022 - 11:31:02

With overflow vaccinations one weakening/damage his imune system.( see Anutin) By now it is well known that vaccination not stops getting Covid-19, but it is less life treatening and one doesn't die of Covid alone.. When one's immune system weakens he becomes more vulnerable for Lung Covid in high air polluted areas like C-M and BKK.

maverick | 01 July 2022 - 10:54:46

of course they do - in cahoots with big pharma who still have millions more test kits to sell stop the BS testing and this goes away - media doesnt help matters either

Paddy | 01 July 2022 - 09:56:56

Anutin had 6 jabs and still got it . So what is the point in taking the snakeoil it does not work. 99.3% survival rate , what a con.

 

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