Thursday, April 2, 2020

Newborn baby pictured wearing a face shield in Bangkok hospital (photos)

A newborn baby was fitted with a face shield at a hospital in Bangkok today after emerging from the womb to face a world in crisis.

The baby was strapped into the visor to keep it safe from infection as it lay on a bed at the BNH hospital in Thailand's capital.

The contraption covered nearly half the child's tiny body, which was wrapped in baby clothes with only its face poking out.

It came as Thailand's prime minister announced a night-time curfew across the country, saying people had to adapt to survive.

The 10pm-4am curfew, which will run indefinitely, is the latest measure by the government to curb gatherings and have people stay at home as much as possible.

Exceptions include people transporting medical supplies and health workers travelling to and from work, prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said.

'We prioritise health over freedom,' said Prayuth, a former army general who seized power in a 2014 coup and was re-installed as a civilian prime minister after a disputed general election over a year ago.

'We might not feel as comfortable as before, but we all need to adapt for survival and have social responsibility, so that we can make it through this crisis.'

Prayuth also said he would ensure that hospitals get the supplies they need, describing medical staff as the 'vanguard' against an 'invisible enemy'.

The World Health Organisation's latest figures show 1,771 cases and 12 deaths in the country.