Mrs. Silapasuai Rawisaengsun, Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), revealed the situation of COVID-19 outbreak in the area of Bangkok Metropolis on May 1, 2021 that 739 new confirmed cases were reported. They were linked to the risks of infection, namely, having close contact with confirmed cases, having been detected by active case finding and searching of infected persons in community, and having been to public or crowded places.
In this regard, the BMA has been conducting active case finding to search for and examine patients with a confirmed infection caused by Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) who are still not admitted to the hospital or still waiting for bed in the area of Bangkok Metropolis. All 50 district offices were assigned to survey and search for patients with COVID-19 who are still live in their responsible areas. Officers from district offices must take history of the patients and conduct basic screening before reporting all information via application to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Emergency Medical Service Center or Erawan Center. The Erawan Center will then contact the patients by phone to examine and determine the degree of infection before rapidly sending them to hospital. On April 30, 2021, the 1669 hotline of Erawan Center could send 192 patients to hospitals without any patients left on the waiting list.
The number of COVID-19 patients occupying beds in the BMA affiliated hospitals, the BMA field hospitals, and hospitels is 1,291. At all 8 BMA affiliated hospitals, patients have already occupied 207 beds. The BMA field hospitals can accommodate 1,700 beds for COVID-19 patients; at present, 926 beds are occupied and 774 beds are available.