Police raid Thai hospital after Covid patients ‘have orgies, take drugs and brawl’ – as 23 cartons of smuggled cigarettes are seized
- Local media said a staff member reported illicit activity at the field hospital
- Police in PPE raided the hospital but found just 23 cartons of smuggle cigarettes
- CCTV footage did show evidence of drug use and men and women going into each-other’s wards, but it was unable to identify the people in the footage
- The hospital, southwest of Bangkok, is treating around 1,000 Covid patients
- Officials are said to have handed out warnings to some of the patients
Police have raided a Thai hospital after reports of Covid-19 patients having orgies, taking drugs and starting a brawl – finding only 23 cartons of smuggled cigarettes.
According to local media, a staff member at the hospital in Samut Prakan, southwest of Bangkok, told police that patients were engaging in group sex and getting into fights that led to some injuries.
Officers from Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command, dressed in PPE gear, raided the Samut Pra Ruamjai 5 field hospital where around 1,000 Covid patients are being treated, according to Thai news outlet The Thaiger.
According to local media, a staff member at the hospital in Samut Prakan, southwest of Bangkok, told police that patients were engaging in group sex and getting into fights that led to some injuries. Pictured: A file photo of a Covid-19 field hospital in Thailand
While no illegal drugs were found by the police, 23 cartons of cigarettes allegedly smuggled into the facility were seized, officers said, along with a number of e-cigarettes that are illegal in Thailand.
In addition, CCTV footage from inside the hospital was reviewed, which showed that male and female patients were going into each other’s wards.
It also appeared that some patients were taking drugs, but due to the quality of the footage the suspected patients could not be identified.
The news outlet reported that the decision to separate the wards by male and female patients – and to make separate male and female zones – was made by public health authorities to restore order in the field hospital.
Patients who were believed to have engaged in the illicit activity were cautioned by authorities, and warned that re-offenders would be transferred to another facility.
The Thaiger reported that a small group of officials has been stationed at the facility to assist in policing the patients.
Local administration officials will be joined on-site by police officers and even military personnel to prevent any more fights, drug use or orgies, the outlet said.
Thailand is battling a punishing COVID-19 surge with nearly 20,000 new cases every day, while people who depend on tourism struggle in what was one of the most-visited cities in the world, with 20 million visitors in the year before the pandemic.
On Monday, the British government added Thailand to its travel ‘red list’, with foreigners banned from travelling to England from those countries, and nationals required to quarantine.
Despite the surging cases, Thailand will lift most coronavirus restrictions on retail and dining from next month and permit gatherings of up to 25 people in Bangkok and other high risk areas, its COVID-19 task force said on Friday.
Easing restrictions and adjusting measures were necessary to revive the economy safely, the task force said, as the country battles its worst coronavirus outbreak and struggles to ramp up vaccinations, with only 1 in 10 people inoculated so far.
Thailand is battling a punishing COVID-19 surge with nearly 20,000 new cases every day, while people who depend on tourism struggle in what was one of the most-visited cities in the world, with 20 million visitors in the year before the pandemic. Pictured: Commuters in Bangkok
From Sept. 1, shopping malls, salons, barber shops, foot massages and sports fields in 29 high-risk provinces including Bangkok, are allowed to resume operations, while restaurants can open to diners, the task force said.
Authorities asked business operators to ensure service staff are fully vaccinated and regularly tested with antigen kits, and to require customers to show proof of vaccination and negative tests.
Thailand reported 18,702 new cases and 273 new deaths on Friday, among some 1.14 million cases and 10,587 deaths overall, the overwhelming majority since April.
Its current struggle is with the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus, which has seen record deaths during August.
‘We need to adjust the way we handle and live with the disease safely… by adjusting strategy and build confidence so disease control measures are in line with reviving the economy safely,’ task force spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan told a briefing.
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