The number of new cases in Thailand exceeds 2,000 and sets a record

Bangkok (AP) — Thai health officials announced on Friday that they have confirmed 2,070 new COVID-19 cases. This is a new daily record with a total of 50,183 nations.

The increase in numbers is putting a serious burden on hospital bed supplies and ICU capacity.

Record numbers of new infections came the day after the new daily highs of seven deaths were announced. Four more deaths were announced on Friday, bringing Thailand to a total of 121.

At the beginning of March, there were 26,031 cases in Thailand, a double-digit increase per day, but the number surged due to new outbreaks.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the COVID-19 Situation Management Center, said that Bangkok, which has the highest number of cases, has only 69 empty ICU beds out of a total of more than 400 ICU beds. Up to 8 days depending on the projected demand for 10 to 13 additional ICU beds per day. He said the projected national demand for 52 ICU beds per day would run out of capacity in 19 days.

Under Thai law, infected patients must be admitted to hospital facilities, but the addition of field hospitals does not provide sufficient beds. There are 19,873 people in hospitals and open-air facilities nationwide, but in areas where beds are scarce, infected people are quarantined at home.

In other developments in the Asia Pacific region:

— India is putting oxygen tankers on special express trains as major hospitals in New Delhi have sought more supplies from social media to help COVID-19 patients suffering from breathing. An oxygen supply fire broke out in the populous western coronavirus ward, killing more than 12 people. India’s underfunded health care system is ragged as the world’s worst coronavirus surge is exhausting the country. The situation was getting worse day by day as hospitals used social media to ask the government to replenish oxygen and threatened to stop new hospitalizations for patients. The government has started operating oxygen express trains in tankers.

— Japan announces a third state of emergency in three cities, Tokyo and the West, ahead of the July Olympics, with skepticism that it is sufficient to curb the rapid resurgence of the coronavirus. It’s a schedule. The emergency situation in Tokyo, Osaka, and its western neighbors, Kyoto and Hyogo, will continue from April 25th to mid-May. This is primarily intended as a short, intensive step to prevent people from traveling and spreading the virus during the “Golden Week” vacation. However, experts and local leaders say more stringent measures are needed in the face of rapidly spreading viruses, limited vaccinations, and public fatigue.

— Australia’s west coast city of Perth will be blocked for three days after a traveler returning during hotel quarantine appears to have been infected with the coronavirus. Western Australia’s Prime Minister Mark Magawan said Friday that masks will be required in cities of 2 million people for three days from midnight. “I know it’s hard to get this, and I wish we didn’t have to do this, but there’s no chance of getting a virus,” McGowan said in a reporter. Told to. The cause of concern was a 54-year-old man who arrived in Perth on April 3 by plane from China and entered a compulsory 14-day hotel quarantine. An Indian couple on the same floor of the hotel was infected with a viral variant identified as more contagious in the country. The variant spread to British mothers and daughters who shared a room across the corridor.

— China states that three citizens working in the United Arab Emirates have tampered with the results of the coronavirus test required to return home. The Chinese embassy said three people working at Dubai’s major business centers have changed information provided by local clinics to show that they are not infected. They said they had been referred to UAE authorities as “having serious interference in preventing epidemics and poses a significant risk to the health and safety of other passengers on the same flight.” China has primarily eradicated domestic infections, but continues to report foreign citizens who test positive for the coronavirus. This has led to speculation that the test results have been tampered with by citizens who are anxious to return home, even though travelers are required to prove that they are not infected with the virus. China reported 19 new cases on Friday, all brought in from abroad, most arriving at major travel hubs in Shanghai and Cantonese.

— A Norwegian mountaineer first tested positive for COVID-19 at Everest Base Camp. Erlend Ness said the infection was confirmed and flew to Kathmandu. Mountain guides warned that the virus could spread if all of the hundreds of other climbers, guides and helpers camping at Everest Base weren’t immediately checked. He says any outbreak may end the mountaineering season prematurely before the sunny window in May.

— Sri Lankan authorities have imposed blockades on several villages and postponed the reopening of state universities amid a surge in COVID-19 cases. The government said the small towns and villages in the Kurunegala district, about 100 kilometers northeast of Colombo, were blocked. The local Lankadeepa newspaper reported that five other villages in the area were isolated. Separately, the Ministry of Education said the reopening of state-owned universities would be postponed for another two weeks under the direction of the Ministry of Health. They were scheduled to reopen on April 27, after a few months of closure. The number of positive cases on Thursday increased to 672, pushing the national total to 98,721, infected with 634 dead.