Korat to reopen field hospital

Korat to reopen field hospital

The Liptapanlop Hall stadium at His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium in Muang district, Nakhon Ratchasima, will resume its function as a field hospital soon. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)
The Liptapanlop Hall stadium at His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium in Muang district, Nakhon Ratchasima, will resume its function as a field hospital soon. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The disease control committee of the northeastern province on Wednesday resolved to reopen a field hospital for symptomatic Covid-19 patients as it expected eased disease controls to raise their number.

The committee chaired by Nakhon Ratchasima deputy governor Chusak Chunkoh decided to reopen the field hospital at indoor stadium Liptapanlop Hall in the province's His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium in Muang district.

The field hospital, which had 150 beds earlier, was closed as the Covid-19 caseloads declined in the province.

The committee made the decision after another field hospital at Chatichai Hall in the same sports complex was at 85% capacity, with 127 of 150 beds occupied.

The additional field hospital was intended to treat yellow-coded Covid-19 patients with non-serious symptoms whose number is likely to increase when the province reopens to foreign tourists on Nov 1, officials said.

As of Tuesday, there were 2,857 active Covid-19 cases in Nakhon Ratchasima. Of them, 379 were admitted to five field hospitals and occupied 61% of the beds.

There were 91 red-coded patients at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital in Muang district. Only 19 beds were available there for critically ill Covid-19 cases. Conventional hospitals had 2,680 beds, 60% of which were taken.

Nakhon Ratchasima had 153 new cases over the past 24 hours, up from 128 on the previous day.

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