HM King Donates B2.8bn to Fight Covid-19 as Cases Rise

His Majesty the King has made a 2.8-billion-baht donation to support the Thai government’s efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA)’s Facebook page posted that the monarch had been concerned over people’s safety during the health crisis.

Therefore, he donated more than 2.8 billion baht for medical supplies and equipment procurement.

His donation was also intended to help hospitals and medical facilities acquire medical tools and devices to deal with the growing number of coronavirus patients, the CRA wrote.

A project to build the Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary Building at Siriraj Hospital will get 100 million baht, it said.

Around 2.4 billion baht will go to 29 hospitals, medical facilities and medical colleges.

Also, another 345 million baht have been already donated to 44 prisons, hospitals networks linked to prisons and correctional facilities, the CRA added.

In another development, the Public Health Ministry reported new record figures, with 14,574 daily cases and 114 more deaths logged on Friday.

Health authorities said that 13,503 cases had been found among the general population and 1,072 among inmates.

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)’s assistant spokesman Apisamai Srirangson explained that the 114 deaths were people aged between 14-94, adding that three died at home.

He said the teenager suffered from epilepsy and was bed-ridden.

The death toll included 11 Thais and citizens from Pakistan, Cambodian and Myanmar.

Most deaths and infections were logged in Greater Bangkok, which reported 6,085 new transmissions and 79 fatalities yesterday.

Bangkok alone had 49 deaths and 3,104 new infections, mostly detected with antigen tests, Dr. Apisamai added.

Meanwhile, Samut Sakhon informed about two new Covid-19 clusters.

Provincial health officials said they had detected 126 cases related to a thread factory in Krathum Baen district.

They also found 20 infections at a Muang district’s canned food plant.

In Rayong, two new clusters were registered. Authorities identified 37 infections at a computer company in Pluak Daeng district and 26 transmissions at a Ban Chang’s construction camp.

Dr. Apisamai also revealed that there were reports of over 100,000 people traveling across provinces, violating restrictions and bans on inter-provincial movement.