Covid train cancelled

Covid train cancelled

Nakhon Ratchasima train station in Muang district (file photo).
Nakhon Ratchasima train station in Muang district (file photo).

A special train scheduled to take Covid-19 patients home from Bangkok to the Northeast on Monday was cancelled, with the State Railway of Thailand saying there were too few passengers.

The government earlier told SRT to provide a train with 14 carriages to take Covid-19 patients from Bangkok to their home provinces in the Northeast for treatment.

The train was due to leave Bangkok on Monday for Ubon Ratchathani province with 1,489 people, another 1,400 for Nong Khai on Thursday and 1,500 for Ubon Ratchathani on Friday.

On Sunday afternoon officials found that most patients who earlier booked places on Monday's train had already returned home in ambulances, rescue vehicles or buses. Some other patients had recovered.

The few remaining patients made it impracticable to operate the train and the Transport Ministry had used buses and rescue vehicles to take them to the Northeast instead.

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  • carriage: one of the vehicles that are joined together to make a train - ตู้โดยสาร
  • impracticable: impossible or very difficult to do -
  • officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • patients (noun): people who are receiving medical treatment - คนป่วย, คนไข้
  • rescuers (noun): people who save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
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