Thailand is facing a concerning surge in SARS-CoV-2 infections, with over 536 new cases and three deaths reported in the past week. Health authorities are alarmed by the sudden spike, especially due to the discovery of 88 cases of pneumonia among COVID-19 patients. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country for the year now stands at 36,204, with 826 deaths.
The severity of the infections is evident as 40 individuals required respiratory support. The Department of Disease Control (DDC) emphasizes the urgency of the situation, with an average of 76 hospital admissions and one death per day during the specified week.
In response to this alarming trend, the DDC is urging the public to strictly adhere to respiratory infection prevention measures. This includes wearing face masks in crowded places and close contact, especially within vulnerable groups such as unvaccinated children, the elderly, and those with existing health conditions. The department also emphasizes the importance of frequent hand washing and recommends self-testing for the virus using Antigen Test Kits (ATK), particularly for individuals in high-risk groups.
The DDC is closely monitoring the situation and shares the concerns raised by the Ministry of Public Health regarding the increasing number of infections and hospital admissions. Efforts to control the spread of the virus are being intensified, and active cooperation from the public in adhering to preventive measures and prioritizing vaccination against COVID-19 is crucial.
Despite the concerning numbers, the DDC remains optimistic, stating that the country’s health infrastructure is well-prepared to manage the situation effectively. The department is working tirelessly to bring the situation under control, relying on public cooperation and participation in the vaccination drive.
It is important to note that there have been no local news coverages of the current situation in Thailand, and private hospitals have not reported any significant stress on healthcare facilities at this time. However, neighboring countries and other geolocations, including China, have reported alarming outbreaks of a mysterious white lung pneumonia, resulting in exponential increases in hospitalizations. Thailand, fortunately, has not experienced such a surge of this pneumonia thus far, although some individuals have reported symptoms such as fevers, persistent coughs, sore throats, and fatigue, which may be attributed to seasonal changes as the country enters a slightly cooler season.