THE ad hoc committee in charge of relaxing measures against Covid-19 will be considering five issues this afternoon (August 7) with one being allowing pubs and other entertainment places to remain open till 2 a.m., Naewna newspaper reported.
Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), mentioned this during the daily briefing of the situation of the outbreak.
Over the past 24 hours there were 15 additional Covid-19 cases with all of them having returned from overseas and this takes the total to 3,345 with 3,148 patients having recovered while 139 are still undergoing treatment and 58 have died.
All 15 are Thai men and were found to have been infected while in quarantine and none displayed any symptoms. Four returned from Egypt, 10 from Saudi Arabia and one from Japan.
Aside from considering allowing pubs and other entertainment places to stay open till 2 a.m. the ad hoc committee will also consider the following four issues:
– Allowing schools to open normally without students having to come in on alternate days. Supportive measures are needed to ensure no risk of infection and the Education Ministry is going to propose a model to consider.
– Allowing full seating on public buses.
– Allowing spectators to attend sports events. This has already been tried in Rayong and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will be proposing a model to consider.
– Selling food on airplanes.
Dr. Taweesilp also mentioned that the next press conference at the Government House would likely be in one to two weeks’ time and this would be to inform the public about major coronavirus issues. Routine briefing on the outbreak will be held by the Public Health Ministry every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Top: Dr. Taweesilp addressing the press briefing today. Photo: Naewna