With rising COVID-19 cases, Hua Hin police cars act as makeshift ambulances


As cases of COVID-19 in the province continue to rise, Hua Hin police have resorted to using vehicles typically used to transport prisoners as makeshift ambulances.

Prachuap Khiri Khan police commander, Pol Maj Gen Wanchai Thanatham, said he has ordered Hua Hin Police to where required use police vehicles to assist with transporting COVID-19 patients.

The order is in line with Thailand’s national policy that requires all police to assist in transporting COVID-19 patients if needed.

Officers who assist in moving COVID-19 patients are required to wear PPE suits and all vehicles will undergo thorough cleaning immediately after transporting a patient, Pol Maj Gen Wanchai said.

Last week, Hua Hin police assisted in transporting 4 people located within Hua Hin Municipality who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Police collected the patients from their home and transferred them to hospital for treatment.

The transferring of COVID-19 patients is done with co-ordination from Hua Hin Hospital and the Sawang Hua Hin Thammasathan Foundation, Pol Maj Gen Wanchai added.

On Friday, provincial health chief Dr. Suriya Kuharat described the current COVID-19 situation in the province as “very worrisome”.

Dr. Suriya also issued a plea to people in the province not to host private parties in order to try and prevent the spread of infections.

On Sunday, Prachuap Khiri Khan reported 151 new COVID-19, continuing the rising trend of new cases in provinces over the past week.