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Coronavirus

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.

Thai health care officials are scrambling to deal with emerging COVID clusters throughout the country. Several major public hospitals as well as large medical universities in Bangkok have stopped testing for the disease because they are running out of beds.

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