As the Covid-19 vaccination efforts continued at the parliament on May 11 (Photo: Chanat Katanyu), the Department of Disease Control reported an increase in the number of Covid-19 inpatients and fatalities over the past week, coinciding with schools reopening across the country.
Between May 14 and May 20, the department recorded a total of 2,632 Covid-19 inpatients, marking an increase of approximately 12% compared to the 2,356 cases documented between May 7 and May 13. The rise in numbers showcases the continued challenge faced by health authorities in handling the pandemic.
Moreover, a noticeable spike in the number of inpatients suffering from lung inflammation was reported. By the end of last week, there were 401 such patients, a 24% increase compared to the 322 cases registered at the end of the previous week. This concerning development indicates an escalation in the severity of the disease among hospitalized patients.
In addition to the rise in lung inflammation cases, there was a significant increase in the number of patients requiring ventilator support. Last week, 226 patients depended on ventilators, exhibiting a considerable 39% growth compared to the 163 patients documented at the end of the week prior.
The past week’s Covid-19-related fatalities also saw a worrying rise. A total of 64 new deaths (an average of seven per day) were reported last week, which represents a 191% increase from the 22 fatalities recorded during the previous week (an average of two per day).
Health authorities had earlier predicted a surge in cases following the commencement of the new school term, but the latest figures do not specifically mention schools or students. It remains crucial to closely monitor the situation and continue implementing preventive measures to curb the spread of the virus.
The battle against Covid-19 is far from over, and the ongoing vaccination campaign, coupled with continued vigilance, will be critical in mitigating the impact of the pandemic and reducing the strain on the healthcare system. With schools now open, it is essential to focus on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students and educators by adhering to public health guidelines and maintaining open lines of communication regarding updates and concerns.