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December 28, 2020

Thailand risks hike in Covid-19 cases if control measures not maximised

THAILAND could see thousands of new Covid-19 cases daily by mid-January if its provinces do not maximise disease control measures.

Thailand’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said daily new cases could soar to four or five digits this month or by the middle of next month if nothing was done to stem the surge in cases.

“But if we cooperate with one another, the curve will be at 45 degrees and new daily new cases will be at three digits,” he said after reviewing Public Health Ministry data.

According to the Bangkok Post, Dr Taweesilp said the best solution was to refrain from socialising and then the curve will flatten.

He said Gen Nathapol Nakpanit, secretary-general of the National Security Council, also wanted authorities in all provinces named as “maximum control zones” and “control zones” to implement all their Covid-19 prevention measures in order to keep the daily increment of cases at three digits.

The “maximum control zone” tag refers to provinces that already have a considerable number of Covid-19 cases while “control zone” covers provinces with more than 10 cases and rising.

Dr Taweesilp said the implementation of control measures in the provinces depended on cooperation from government officials, business operators and local people.

The CCSA on Monday reported 144 new Covid-19 cases, including 115 locally transmitted infections and 14 migrant workers, over the past 24 hours.

The breakdown of local infections by province is 56 cases in Rayong, 19 in Bangkok, 18 in Nakhon Pathom, six in Chon Buri, five in Samut Prakan, three in Nonthaburi, two each in Nakhon Nayok and Pathum Thani, and one each in Sukhothai, Samut Sakhon, Lop Buri and Chiang Mai.

In “maximum control zones”, infected and high risk people, businesses and activities must be quickly identified.

Infected people are admitted to field hospitals while high risk people are quarantined.

High risk premises will also be closed or have their operating hours limited.

Movement of migrant workers out of the area is banned, while transportation for others is restricted and working from home is encouraged.

Teaching activities will also move online in schools and any activities involving crowds of people are banned.

Maximum Covid-19 prevention measures are imposed at workplaces, factories and workers’ dormitories.

In “control zones”, infected and high risk people, as well as high risk businesses and activities, are quickly identified and crowded gatherings are prohibited.

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