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Piyamitr Sritara (left), Prasit Watanapa (centre), Suttipong Wacharasindhu (right)

 

The deans of Thailand’s three top medical colleges today (Tuesday) urged the authorities to speed up active screening of people in slum areas in Bangkok, to separate those infected with COVID-19 from others in their communities to slow the rate of transmission.

 

The three deans are Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa, of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Prof. Dr. Suttipong Wacharasindhu, of the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University and Prof. Dr. Piyamitr Sritara of the Faculty of Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital.

 

Expressing concern over the continuing surge in new infections in Bangkok, the three deans said that the best way to contain the spread of the disease is to separate the infected from the crowded communities through intensified active screening.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/medical-experts-call-for-increased-active-screening-in-bangkoks-slums/

 

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Desperate times in the slum communities:

 

"The mortality among severe cases now ranges from 20-25% and as many as 100 more severe cases are expected to die if the current situation persists, as medical personnel and health officials become overstretched in treating the very sick, said the three doctors. Each medical college has adopted a rotation system, under which doctors take turns to care for the severe cases, they said."

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12 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Expressing concern over the continuing surge in new infections in Bangkok, the three deans said that the best way to contain the spread of the disease is to separate the infected from the crowded communities through intensified active screening.

Seems strange how the infection rates [in reality are increasing] yet daily figures released only hover around 2,000 mark?

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2 hours ago, hotchilli said:

Seems strange how the infection rates [in reality are increasing] yet daily figures released only hover around 2,000 mark?

Test Kits are probably on Ration

These Kits cost Money, and that is something the Thai Government dont want to spend on people who are low class in Society.

In the Natural Scheme of things, the results would never, never, be hovering around the same number for Days on end.

It therefore means there is a degree of manipulation within the published figures. By how much, who knows.

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Don't test can't find.  It has been said many times on this forum.  A deliberate ploy buy the government to keep numbers low?  Methinks yes.  Manipulation of the numbers?  Of course.

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But if they do that the figures will increase and no one in the CCSA will want to say the peak has been reached again it will make them look stupid 🤔

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On 5/11/2021 at 8:59 PM, hotchilli said:

Seems strange how the infection rates [in reality are increasing] yet daily figures released only hover around 2,000 mark?

Is not strange at all.

 

Is not possible to just look at "these" reported infection cases and compare against the day before or the week before!

The daily number of tests is capped and quite limited, therefore there not sufficient data to draw any conclusions as to if the virus is spreading, slowing to staying steady. Increased daily testing by some order of magnitude is required to be able to do this.

 

the local press here in the US however make the same mistake. they will compare reported infection rates, with the same month last year, when there was very limited amount of tests available compared to how it is now, and then make a declaration.

 

I read recently, but not sure of the source or accuracy, that the cap for all of Thailand is 10,000 tests per day for the entire country, which, if true is not nearly close to the amount required to be able to make this type of determination.

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