As Pattaya hits 300 daily Covid-19 cases, police now transporting sick

Police officers in full PPE suits help a 71-year-old woman Covid-19 infected patient onto their prisoners transport vehicle for transportation to the hospital.

With daily coronavirus cases in Pattaya surging above 300 Tuesday, police officers have now begun transporting the sick to Banglamung Hospital.

Nongprue Police Station has reassigned its prisoners transport vehicle to emergency transport of Covid-19 patients, adding more resources to an ambulance system overrun with critical calls.

Nongprue police chief Pol. Col. Chitdecha Songhong and Pol .Lt. Col. Kengsart Nuanpong on Aug. 2 responded to Winton Village on Nong Krabok Soi 10 where a 71-year-old woman gasping for breath has been waiting for a bed at Banglamung Hospital. One finally opened Monday.

Police officers dressed in full PPE suits stand by near their prisoners transportation vehicle ready to respond to any calls for help.

Hospital ambulances and vans operated by the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation have been running nearly around the clock transporting critically ill Covid-19 patients and those waiting for beds.

Banglamung District, including Pattaya, reported 314 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday as Chonburi hit another record with 1,359 infections.

The ailing woman waits patiently in front of her home for the police transport to arrive to take her to the hospital for treatment.