Despite declining infection rate, crisis looms, CCSA warns

Despite declining infection rate, crisis looms, CCSA warns

'It is important that people minimise travel'

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, delivers a crisis warning during the daily briefing broadcast from Government House in Bangkok on Friday. (Screenshot)
Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, delivers a crisis warning during the daily briefing broadcast from Government House in Bangkok on Friday. (Screenshot)

Although the number of daily cases is declining, the country, and especially Bangkok, faces a crisis because the number of severely ill patients and deaths is rising, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration warned on Friday.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the number of new local Covid-19 cases nationwide had fallen from 2,174 reported on Tuesday to 2,001 on Wednesday, 1,864 on Thursday and 1,579 on Friday.

Figures for Bangkok were also declining, from 993 on Tuesday to 830 on Wednesday, 689 on Thursday and 417 on Friday.

"Despite the falling numbers, we cannot be happy," Dr Taweesilp said.

The number of critically ill patients, those dependent on ventilators, and daily deaths was  rising.

There were 563 severely ill patients last Sunday. This increased to 628 on Monday, 695 on Tuesday, 786 on Wednesday and 871 on Thursday.

The number on ventilators went up from 150 last Sunday to 169 on Monday, 199 on Tuesday, 230 on Wednesday and 250 on Thursday.

"This is a crisis, unless the figures can be reduced," Dr Taweesilp said.

He blamed the present wave of Covid-19 on infections at entertainment places. This month, 7,755 Covid-19 cases were linked to entertainment places, and 6,828 were in Bangkok and were reported from all districts in the capital.

During the Songkran holiday, infected people left Bangkok for their home provinces and spread the disease there, Dr Taweesilp said.

He also said that active case finding in Bangkok from April 5 to 27 found that 4.54% of the  28,022 people tested had Covid-19. On Thursday, mass testing found infections in 5.17% of 7,330 tested people. Mass testing in slum communities in Klong Toey district on Thursday found the disease in 9.57% of tested people.

The 5-10% infection rate found during mass testing was cause for concern, Dr Taweesilp said.

"Resources are being mobilised to control the disease in Bangkok. There is not much time left for us to successfully manage this... It is important that people minimise travel," he said.

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