Thailand to assess Covid situation after New Years holiday

BANGKOK: Thailand will assess the COVID-19 situation after the New Year’s holidays before making a decision on the measures needed to stem the new wave of infections.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said Prime Minister Prayut Chan o-cha is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation after the New Year’s holidays as the private and public sectors resume operations.

“The government will assess the situation, including the number of new cases and deaths and the number of patients with severe symptoms before making any adjustment to existing measures,” he said in a statement.

Prayuth is expected to chair the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meeting on Friday to discuss important issues, including the suspension of the “Test & Go” program without quarantine, the quarantine period for travelers entering Thailand and the reopening of pubs and bars to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Bangkok Governor Asawin Kwanmuang said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) had prepared medical staff, equipment, drugs and patient beds in case there was a new wave of Omicron case.

He said BMA had prepared 40 community isolation sites with around 5,000 beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

In addition to this, the Department of Medical Services has also prepared around 25,000 beds for patients in hospitals and field hospitals.

In the past 24 hours, Thailand has recorded 3,899 new cases of COVID-19 and 19 deaths, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 2,239,475 cases and 21,769 deaths.

To date, Thailand has registered 2,338 cases of Omicron in 55 provinces.

Meanwhile, CCSA deputy spokesperson Dr Sumanee Wacharasin has warned that COVID-19 cases could reach “tens of thousands” per day if people ignore COVID-19 preventive measures.

“The next two weeks will determine the course of the spread,” she said. – Bernama

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