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James Rosh  Jan 04, 2024  1 month, 2 weeks, 3 days, 10 hours, 11 minutes ago

COVID-19-News-Thailand: Daily SARS-CoV-2 Infections Reaches To About 6,000 In Thailand As Hospitalizations And ICU Admissions Increase!

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COVID-19-News-Thailand: Daily SARS-CoV-2 Infections Reaches To About 6,000 In Thailand As Hospitalizations And ICU Admissions Increase!
James Rosh  Jan 04, 2024  1 month, 2 weeks, 3 days, 10 hours, 11 minutes ago
COVID-19 News Thailand: As Thailand grapples with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, recent data reveals a disconcerting escalation in infections, hospitalizations, and related concerns. The week spanning from December 24 to 30, 2023, witnessed a surge in COVID-19 hospital admissions, with COVID-19 patients reaching 594, marking a 7% increase from the previous week.

Shockingly, the number of individuals exhibiting pneumonia symptoms soared to 120, reflecting a 6.2% rise - the highest since September. This alarming trend was exacerbated by a surge in patients requiring respiratory equipment, reaching a new high in four months at 74 individuals, representing a 13.8% increase from the prior week.
Hospitalizations and Respiratory Issues
The post-New Year period saw a continuation of this worrisome trend, with epidemiologists at Chulalongkorn University reporting a 7% increase in hospitalizations as people returned to work. Respiratory issues linked to COVID-19 also surged by 6.2%, marking the most significant leap in four months, according to doctors from Chulalongkorn's faculty of medicine. The number of patients requiring breathing assistance spiked by 13.8%, underlining the severity of the situation.
Omicron Subvariant'  Impact
Attributing the surge to the highly transmissible Omicron subvariant BA.2.86 and its spawns such as JN.1, local experts emphasized the urgency of the situation.
The daily new cases on January 2 peaked at nearly 6,000, the highest since August 2023. This spike in cases has consequently led to a surge in pneumonia cases, pushing the number of affected individuals to the highest level in four months. The relentless increase in daily infections, estimated between 4,243 to 5,893 cases, has prompted health officials to sound the alarm.
In response to the escalating crisis, doctors urged the public to strictly adhere to the Ministry of Public Health's guidelines. The ministry has called on citizens to promptly receive booster shots, wear masks diligently, and maintain social distancing. As the country faces a critical juncture in the battle against COVID-19, public cooperation becomes imperative to curtail the spread of the virus.
Concerns In Province
The impact of the surge is not localized to the major cities of Thailand such as Bangkok, Chiangmai and Pattaya but also in various provinces upcountry as evidenced by the province of Nakhon Ratchasima reporting a significant rise in new COVID-19 cases during and after the New Year. The provincial health chief has acknowledged the surge according to COVID-19 News Thailand coverages, stating that the province is prepared for a steady rise in the number of patients requiring hospital treatment.
Reports also are showing that COVID-19 infections are gradually rising in Phuket, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Udon Thani and Khon Khaen provinces.

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Adding to the complexity of the situation, the Centre for Medical Genomics at Ramathibodi Hospital confirmed the presence of the JN.1 subvariant of the Omicron variant in Thailand. Experts anticipate this subvariant becoming the predominant strain in the country's fight against the virus, raising concerns about its potential impact on public health.
The WHO has already designated the JN.1 variant as a Variant of Interest and admitted that it is a highly transmissible variant.
COVID-19 Insurance Issues
Beyond the immediate health crisis, local media reports revealed that the Thai government might intervene to address the escalating financial burden arising from COVID-19 insurance claims that arose out of many Thai insurance companies selling COVID-19 policies during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With outstanding payouts nearing 60 billion baht, many Thai non-life insurance companies are grappling with the strain, leading to closures for those unable to meet financial demands. It should be noted that most of these Thai Insurance companies are totally unreliable and are basically scammers hoping to make fast monies and are often linked to corrupted politicians and officials.
As Thailand faces a critical phase in the battle against COVID-19, the surge in cases, hospitalizations, and the emergence of the Omicron subvariant JN.1 pose significant challenges. The Ministry of Public Health's call for public cooperation, vaccination, and adherence to preventive measures becomes paramount in mitigating the impact of the virus. The situation demands not only a robust healthcare response but also strategic financial interventions to alleviate the burden on insurance companies. The coming weeks are crucial, and concerted efforts from both the public and private sectors are imperative to navigate the challenges posed by this latest wave of COVID-19.
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