Asleep quickly, swaddled in a towel and snuggled in a pink cap, a baby born during a pandemic in a Thai hospital needs one last item for his health – a face shield.
Bangkok hospitals use the shields of newborn babies in their maternity units to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Thailand has detected 2,613 cases of the virus, with 41 deaths – a relatively small number, although it is the first country outside China to register an infection.
Bangkok is now under effective lockdown – silencing the noisy and arrogant Thai New Year’s Songkran festival this week – while a night curfew has kept all but essential vehicles on the streets.
Extraordinary measures have also been deployed at Praram 9 hospital, where babies are equipped with face shields, a precaution taken in other maternity hospitals in the capital.
The tiny face protectors were designed by the hospital to be used when the baby makes its first return trip.