Covid-19 infection rate in Bangkok ‘out of control’ as 1 in 5 test positive

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According to the Rural Doctors Society (RDS) on Friday, the infection rate in Bangkok communities has reached 19 percent, which indicates that the outbreak in Bangkok is now out of control.

RDS is working with the National Health Security Office (NHSO) on active case finding in over 30 Bangkok communities that have never before been investigated by the Public Health Ministry, said The Nation in their report, adding that eleven teams of doctors have been giving swab tests at 14 locations with a target of testing 15,000 people in total.

Dr. Suphat Hasuwankit, president of the Rural Doctors Society, said that most of the doctors running the testing campaigns are from Jana Hospital in the southern province of Songkhla.

“With limited personnel, we can test about 500 people in the morning and 500 more in the afternoon,” he said.

However, testing people will only help identify the infected so they can be isolated from others in the community, he added. “The risk of the virus spreading will still persist until we vaccinate everyone to reduce the infection rate, the severity of symptoms, and deaths.”

Source: The Nation

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