CCSA: Covid-19 graph curve has not dipped, close monitoring essential

THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said today (Jan. 10) that all graphs show the new coronavirus wave has stabilized at around 200 infections a day with none indicating that the curve has come down, Thai Rath newspaper reported.

It is necessary to monitor the situation on a daily basis to see how the graph curve performs, he added.

As the spark has fallen here it has to been watched where it has flown to and extinguish it with measures to minimise infections, he said, adding that if all measures are implemented, including wearing face masks, washing hands frequently, social distancing in stores and loading MorChan application, then the number of new infections will reduce.

So far 2.8 million people have registered with MorChana app and as this second wave is bigger than the first one, in addition to wearing face masks, downloading this app is essential, he pointed out.

“If those who have downloaded MorChana are found to be among the risk groups and need to be tested for this infection we confirm everything will be totally free including medical treatment because they are considered to have cooperated with the government,” he said.

Asked if those infected abroad would have to pay for treatment out of their own pocket, Dr Taweesilp replied that if they try to conceal information, do not cooperate and do not have this app they would face the penalty of having to cover medical costs themselves.

Where foreigners are concerned, the authorities will decide on case by case basis but those found to have tried to conceal information would have to be responsible for their own medical expenses.

Dr Taweesilp also urged gamblers to quit because if they get infected then all their winnings would be useless as it would go to cover medical treatment.

Regarding the cluster of infections at Sriracha beer hall in Chonburi province, he said CCSA had already received a report about this cluster and the Public Health Ministry will be issuing an announcement on this issue this afternoon.

So far 32 people have been confirmed as having been infected within the beer hall while 13 other cases were found outside the entertainment venue.


Top: Dr Taweesilp talking to the press today. Photo: Thai Rath



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