Thailand Raises Home Isolation Capacity as Cases Surge

Thailand announced that it will raise the number of persons required to isolate at home with COVID-19 to 100,000 after its healthcare facility capacity was incapacitated by the Delta variant outbreak.

Earlier in the pandemic, all COVID-19 patients in Thailand were admitted to hospitals, but last month officials implemented home isolation for more than 30,000 people in Bangkok and neighboring regions who had mild or no symptoms.

“There are presently 60,000 people in home isolation, and we intend to increase that capacity to 100,000,” said health official Natthapong Wongwiwat.

Wongwiwat noted that patients who are isolated at home would receive medical equipment, medication, food, and phone consultations with doctors.

If the patient’s condition worsens, they will be transferred to a hospital.  

According to permanent health secretary Kiatiphum Wongrajit, 90% of Bangkok’s 40,000 hospital beds are occupied. 

Wongrajit added that 80% of Thailand’s 175,000 hospital beds are occupied nationwide.

The surge in infections have raised pressure on the government to accelerate vaccinations after only around 6% of Thailand’s 66 million people are fully vaccinated.

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