COVID-19 will be declared endemic in October

BANGKOK: The government will declare COVID-19 endemic in October, and the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will then no longer be the main agency dealing with the disease.

Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyotin, spokesperson for the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, announces the decision of the CCSA meeting from Government House on Friday, August 19. Image: Screenshot via Bangkok Post

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Friday (August 19) that from October the disease would fall under the Ministry of Public Health’s emergency operations center and provincial communicable disease committees, instead of the CCSA chaired by the Prime Minister. He gave no specific date, reports Bangkok Post.

From November, the provincial committees would be the only bodies to deal with it. Those infected would be isolated in accordance with Department of Medical Services guidelines, he said.

The decision to declare the disease endemic was based on the currently limited number of COVID-19[feminine] associated cases and deaths.

“The goal is for people to be able to coexist safely with Covid-19 and live normal lives,” Dr Taweesilp explained.

According to the CCSA spokesperson, the current COVID-19[feminine] the situation was at the green level, where there were daily 2,000 to 3,999 hospitalized patients and 11 to 39 deaths and 201 to 399 hospitalized patients dependent on ventilators, and infection clusters were limited.

The numbers were not high, although new cases were increasing due to the spread of the BA.5 subvariant of the Omicron strain.

“The disease has subsided,” said Dr Taweesilp.

Additionally, surveys in April and May showed that more than 90% of people had antibodies against the virus and studies found that three injections of any Covid-19 vaccine reduced the risk of contracting the virus by more than 90%. serious illness and death, he said.

The impact of COVID-19[feminine] would be similar to the flu and there would be new cases throughout the year, Dr Taweesilp added.

The spokesperson also said that the CCSA on August 19 did not consider whether the state of emergency would be lifted at the same time as the decommissioning of COVID-19[feminine].

The state of emergency imposed to deal with COVID-19 had been extended until the end of September. Officials had time to further monitor the situation before making a decision, Dr Taweesilp said.

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