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The Ministry of Public Health’s Emergency Operations Center for COVID-19 lowered the National COVID-19 Alert Level from 4 to 3 as the daily infection rate declined.
Level 4 banned people from entering high-risk areas, which could include a variety of places, while only certain entertainment venues are closed in Level 3.
“Sandbox” measures can be imposed on international arrivals at Level 3, while Level 4 is much more dependent on quarantine. Working from home is encouraged at level 4.
Level 5 is the highest, in which curfews can be imposed.
Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, Opart Karnkawinpong, however, said the lowering of the alert level had nothing to do with the security measures set by the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration ( CCSA).
He said new COVID-19 infections in most parts of the country are trending down from their plateau in 23 provinces to a decline in 54 provinces, which is in line with guidelines for the transition to COVID-19. 19 reclassified as an endemic disease. .
He noted that after the Songkran holiday, new infections and the number of patients under treatment have not increased, while the number of severe cases is also decreasing in several provinces.
He said, however, that there are still deaths among patients who are over 70 and who have not been vaccinated or who have not received their booster shot within three months of their second dose. , stressing the need to vaccinate people over 60, those with underlying diseases and pregnant women, as well as children before on-site classes resume in mid-May.
Dr Opart also highlighted the need for these people to avoid places where many people congregate, public transport and travel, both domestic and international.
He said public compliance with safety measures is a key factor in accelerating progress towards the reclassification of COVID-19.
Nonetheless, he urged the public to continue the “universal prevention and universal vaccination” approach, with an emphasis on fully immunizing at least 60% of people over 60.
As Thailand approaches its post-pandemic period, Dr Opart urged all provinces to prepare to deal with the situation, with the participation of all stakeholders, so that Thailand is ready for the reclassification of the sickness.
Daily COVID-19 infections in Thailand are on the decline, with 6,448 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours. This is the second week that daily infections have stayed below 10,000.