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Thailand faces hospital bed shortage amid 3rd COVID wave

Potential health care collapse causes authorities to consider home isolation

A nurse in an intensive care unit treats a patient suffering from COVID-19 at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok on May 12.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- A third wave of COVID-19 cases characterized by fierce new variants is threatening to inundate Thailand's health care system, with hospitals facing bed shortages and medical authorities considering home isolation for asymptomatic cases.

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