HM King donates B2.8bn
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HM King donates B2.8bn

Money for hospitals and medical facilities

HM King donates B2.8bn for hospitals and medical facilities. (Bangkok Post file photo)
HM King donates B2.8bn for hospitals and medical facilities. (Bangkok Post file photo)

His Majesty the King has donated more than 2.8 billion baht for procurement of medical supplies and equipment to support efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Facebook page of Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), His Majesty the King has been concerned about the safety of people and medical personnel during the Covid-19 crisis.

In light of this, the monarch donated the money to hospitals and medical facilities so they can buy medical equipment to deal with the pandemic, the CRA posted.

Of the amount, 100 million baht has gone to a project to build the Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary Building at Siriraj Hospital.

More than 2.4 billion baht has been donated to 29 hospitals, medical colleges and medical facilities to buy medical equipment and supplies.

Another 345 million baht has been given to 44 prisons, correctional facilities, and hospital networks linked with prisons to buy medical equipment and supplies, according to the CRA.

The CRA also extended its best wishes to His Majesty the King on the occasion of the monarch's birthday next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Public Health Ministry yesterday reported a record 14,575 new Covid-19 cases, and 114 more fatalities.

There were 13,503 cases in the general population and 1,072 among prison inmates.

This compares with 13,655 new Covid-19 cases and 87 fatalities nationwide on Wednesday, reported on Thursday.

Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said in a briefing that the 114 deaths were people aged between 14-94 years old and three of them died at home. The teenager was bed-ridden and suffered from epilepsy.

Of the latest fatalities, 111 were Thais and the rest were from Myanmar, Cambodia and Pakistan.

Fifty-eight had hypertension and 38 had diabetes, but 11 had no chronic illness. Fifty-nine either lived in or visited outbreak areas and 23 caught the virus from other family members.

The largest number was in Bangkok, at 49, while there were 12 deaths in Pathum Thani, 11 in Samut Prakan, six in Samut Sakhon, three each in Yala, Surat Thani, Roi Et and Ayutthaya.

The 14,575 new cases over the previous 24 hours included 13,490 local infections and 13 imported cases. Of the local infections, 9,889 were confirmed at hospitals and 3,601 via mass testing.

Greater Bangkok logged 6,085 new cases and 79 new fatalities while four southern border provinces had 771 new cases and five new deaths. Bangkok alone had 3,104 new cases, which still excluded over 2,000 cases found with rapid antigen tests, Dr Apisamai said.

There were 1,067 new cases in Samut Sakhon, 837 in Samut Prakan, 669 in Chon Buri, 516 in Rayong, 511 in Pathum Thani, 359 in Ayutthaya, 352 in Chachoengsao, 305 in Nonthaburi and 290 in Pattani.

Samut Sakhon had two new clusters -- 126 cases at a thread factory in Krathum Baen district and 20 cases at a canned food plant in Muang district.

Rayong had two new clusters -- 37 cases at a computer company in Pluak Daeng district and 26 cases at a construction camp in Ban Chang.

Dr Apisamai said that there were reports of more than 100,000 people still travelling across provinces despite the restriction on inter-provincial travel.

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