Thailand’s health ministry has stocked up on treatments for Covid-19, in anticipation of a spike in infections after the Songkran holiday. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said hospitals are also ready to treat at-risk patients, while those who are asymptomatic or only show mild symptoms can be treated at home.

The Bangkok Post reports that around 110 million favipiravir pills have been distributed to hospitals nationwide and the government Pharmaceutical Organization also plans to distribute 45,000 Paxlovid antiviral treatments from Pfizer.

Thailand reported 16,994 and 124 Covid-related deaths yesterday. However, the number of cases does not include the 8,276 positive antigen test results, bringing the country’s total yesterday to 25,270.

In related news, the National Bureau of Health Security called on people in high-risk categories to benefit from free antigen test kits. NSHO’s Jadej Thammatacharee says his office has partnered with organizations such as Krungthai Bank, Pharmacy Council and others, to introduce Covid-19 testing sites and allow people to register for 2 test kits. free antigen testing, which are available from 2,000 locations, including participating pharmacies and health clinics.

According to Jadej, around 3.38 million kits were distributed to 1.28 million high-risk people during Phase 2 of the campaign, which started last month. Of the 627,611 results reported, 31,156 tested positive for the virus.

THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post