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    Bodies literally left lying in Bangkok streets

    A man infected with COVID-19 died in front of a temple in Bangkok’s old quarter. A few kilometers away, another body was found on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. A third man, 40, was discovered lying in front of a department store with no pulse.




    In a grisly indicator of Thailand’s soaring pandemic toll, at least three people died in less than 24 hours in Bangkok’s streets, where their bodies were left lying to be filmed and photographed by passers-by without anyone attending to them.


    The first body, discovered Tuesday morning, involved a COVID-19 stricken man who collapsed in front of Wat Bowonniwet. Although first aid was rendered, the man died at around 2pm and his body remained there until about 10pm.




    Not far away, the second body was found Tuesday evening on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. He was identified as Seri Rueangrojanarit, 60 of Rayong province. A worker in a protective suit came to retrieve the body later at 10:30pm.


    Thirdly, in the Khlong Toei district, police were alerted at around 8:30pm to a man lying in front of the Lotus’s shopping mall on Rama IV Road. According to Capt. Sumetat Bawonnnantakul of Thonglor Police, the man had no identification on him and no wounds on his body, which is undergoing an autopsy at Chulalongkorn Hospital.


    While only the first has been a confirmed case of COVID-19, the picture emerging today has many assuming they were victims of the disease who were unable to get help. Regardless of what killed them, the crunch on resources likely led to them dying unattended in the street.


    Hospitals are at their breaking point, with people waiting in the streets for beds. Others afraid they’ve contracted the disease have also had to wait, camping out overnight for a free test. There are complaints that the government should execute better crowd management by providing online reservations or offering affordable COVID-19 testing at hospitals. So-called rapid lateral flow tests, which can be taken at home, are available, but in very limited numbers.


    For weeks, Thailand has set records on infections and deaths almost daily. That trend continued today with a record 13,002 infections logged. There were 108 deaths.


    Bodies literally left lying in Bangkok’s streets as COVID-19 takes heavy toll | Coconuts Bangkok

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    Such a nice place to be poor

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    Thais Furious With Govt After Possible COVID-19 Victims Found Dead in Streets


    Images of the bodies of at least two suspected coronavirus victims who were found dead in Bangkok streets caused an uproar on social media in Thailand on Wednesday.


    Many in the Southeast Asian nation were already upset over what they said were huge blunders in Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and his government’s vaccine procurement plan.


    Now, they’re angry that people are dying on the streets of the Thai capital as it appears the health-care system is straining under the pressure of record new COVID-19 cases, which stem from a third wave of infections that began April 1.


    A Thai association of doctors on Wednesday openly called for Prayuth – a former army chief and junta leader – to resign. Separately, Angkhana Neelapaijit, a former head of the National Human Rights Commission, accused the PM and his government of being uncaring.


    “This is a totalitarian government that claims it is democratic but suppresses the people,” Angkhana wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.


    “The government does not listen to the voice of the people and does not accept public participation. It is not sympathetic and it is cold-blooded enough to see people die without dignity in the middle of the street because of lack of access to health services.”


    The dead bodies were left on the streets for almost all of Tuesday, according to police.


    Health workers retrieved the bodies only around 10 p.m. Tuesday, and photographs of their removal from the street were widely circulated through the night and on Wednesday on social media.


    One of the dead persons, a homeless man, was found to have had pneumonia, according to a doctor who performed an initial autopsy at the scene, said Police Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai, the deputy spokesman for the Bangkok Metropolitan Bureau. The Bangkok Post newspaper said later that tests found the man had died of the virus.


    COVID-19 can cause lung complications such as pneumonia and, in the most severe cases, acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, according to Johns Hopkins University.


    No details were released about the second person who was found dead in the streets.


    Somjit Somjai, a 36-year-old businessman, was in shock seeing the dead bodies’ photographs.


    “I never thought that one day we would see men dead on the street like that in our country,” Somjit told BenarNews.


    “It’s sad. This business is bad. Our society has gone bad. Please bring in vaccines.”

    On Wednesday, Thailand logged a record 13,002 new infections, bringing the total caseload to 439,477. With 108 new virus-related deaths pandemic fatalities rose to 3,610.


    Only 5.2 percent of the 66.1 million population of Thailand is fully vaccinated – 17 percent have had at least one shot.


    Dr. Santi Kijwattanapaibul, who leads the Public Health Association, said a radical shift in policy was needed – fast – and Prayuth was not capable of that job.


    “[Prayuth), please quit and let someone else do the job. The situation has spun out of control ….it is a public health failure,” Santi told BenarNews.


    “What the government should do is to find or borrow vaccines from abroad, inoculate frontline workers and at-risk groups, impose a full lockdown, identify and treat infected people.”


    The Thai PM and his government have been criticized for sluggishness in acquiring vaccines and depending on the supply of just two drug makers’ jabs – the China-made Sinovac shots and AstraZeneca shots manufactured by a local company, Siam Bioscience, which is owned by the Thai king.


    AstraZeneca, too, pointed out to the government that health officials had last September estimated they required only 3 million doses per month from the company.


    Still, AstraZeneca should be able to supply double that amount, it said in a letter to the government last month, according to the Thai Isra news agency, which first reported about the correspondence.


    The company also noted in the letter that Thailand could procure more doses through COVAX, a vaccine-sharing program of WHO. Previously, the public health minister said Thailand was not qualified to join COVAX because it was not a low-income country.


    Now, however, Thailand is considering joining COVAX, said Dr. Nakorn Premsri, the director of the National Vaccine Institute on Wednesday.


    Nakorn apologized to the Thai people as well, for the shortfall in vaccines.


    “We couldn’t acquire enough vaccines on time because of the limitations. I have to apologize, though we’ve tried our best,” Nakorn said during an online press briefing.

    Meanwhile, there was no comment from Prayuth, either on the dead bodies or vaccines, as of Wednesday night, although he did speak to a group of the country’s top businesspersons about what the government was doing to fix the health nightmare.


    “Our most important mission is to do by all mean necessary to curb domestic COVID spread by speeding up vaccine acquisition and inoculation,” he said.


    Prayuth, who led a military coup that toppled an elected government in May 2014, has been under siege since pro-democracy protests began in July 2020. Demonstrators have called on the PM to step down, the constitution to be updated and the monarchy to be reformed.


    On Sunday, these protesters added an additional demand – a mandatory vaccination policy.


    More than 1,000 young people and members of the Public Health Association marched from Bangkok’s Victory Monument toward Government House in defiance of an emergency. They braved a 3,000-strong riot-police contingent, which used water cannons and rubber bullets on them.


    Angkhana, formerly of the National Human Rights Commission, said the police were wrong to use water cannons and rubber bullets on the protesters.


    “The public rally in front of Government House on July 18 was a demonstration asking for the government’s accountability for people suffering a serious loss of income due to illness and death,” she wrote on Facebook.


    “Inaccessibility of medical care has led to the deaths of many people. This is mainly due to the inaccessibility of vaccines that are effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.”


    Thais Furious With Govt After Possible COVID-19 Victims Found Dead in Streets — BenarNews

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The company also noted in the letter that Thailand could procure more doses through COVAX, a vaccine-sharing program of WHO. Previously, the public health minister said Thailand was not qualified to join COVAX because it was not a low-income country.


    Now, however, Thailand is considering joining COVAX, said Dr. Nakorn Premsri, the director of the National Vaccine Institute on Wednesday.
    Face ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    Face ?
    Fear.

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    Farce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Farce
    That too.

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    Theres some grim pics on Twatter at the moment.

    Thais collapsed in the road.

    Check out Andrew Marshall..

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    Thailand is in some ways a 3rd world country. It reminds me of the biblical expression, "Let the dead bury the dead", meaning let them rot where they drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Theres some grim pics on Twatter at the moment.

    Thais collapsed in the road.

    Check out Andrew Marshall..
    They are in the link in the first post.

    Andrew Marshall probably got them from there.

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    “I never thought that one day we would see men dead on the street like that in our country,” Somjit told BenarNews.
    Too young to remember the Red Shirt massacre? Brought to you by the same arseholes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They are in the link in the first post.

    Andrew Marshall probably got them from there.
    LOL.

    Andrew McGregor Marshall is a real journalist. Coconuts is a copy and paste website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    “I never thought that one day we would see men dead on the street like that in our country,” Somjit told BenarNews
    except of course motocycle deaths

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    As the Delta variant of coronavirus rips through Thailand, entire households are being infected

    Bodies literally left lying in Bangkok streets-nowhere-hide-covid-19-thailands-large
    Chaniya Tusamut and her six-year-old son are among 11 family members who have tested positive for COVID-19. (Supplied: Chaniya Tusamut)

    Living as a large family under the same roof during a COVID-19 lockdown would be challenging at the best of times, but imagine there are 14 of you and 11 are infected with the virus.
    That is the situation for Chaniya Tusamut's family in Thailand's capital Bangkok.


    Thailand is currently battling its third, longest-running, and most severe wave of coronavirus since the pandemic began.
    Since April there have been more than 420,000 cases and more than 3,600 deaths.
    Daily case numbers hit a new record of 13,655 on Thursday, with 87 deaths.


    Bodies literally left lying in Bangkok streets-nowhere-hide-covid-19-thailands-large

    How dinner with neighbours infected a household

    The coronavirus spread through Ms Tusamut's home after one relative went out and had dinner with some neighbours a few times over the course of a week.
    Now, Ms Tusamut, her son (6), mother (76), brother (52), sisters (45 and 38), brother-in-law (70), sister-in-law (50), nieces (17 and 21), and nephew (21) are all infected.

    Here
    Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago ...


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    Covid-infected body of man, 80, found near Victory Monument


    An 80-year-old homeless man infected with Covid-19 was found dead on a Bangkok street on Saturday morning.

    The corpse was found lying beside a seat near Victory Monument at 7.30am.

    Local vendors were the first to spot the body before contacting officials.

    Initially, the cause of death was unknown until medics from Ramathibodi Hospital, arrived at the scene along with rescue staff and tested the dead man with a Covid-19 rapid-test kit.

    Preliminary autopsy showed that there was no injury on the man’s body. Among his belongings were medicines for hypertension and diabetes.

    The corpse was later sent to Ramathibodi Hospital for further examination.


    Covid-infected body of man, 80, found near Victory Monument

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