PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to receive an AstraZeneca vaccination shot at 8.30 a.m. tomorrow (March 16) amid ongoing flare-ups at markets with an alert for another one issued this afternoon, Siam Rath newspaper and Sanook.com said
An urgent notice was issued by the Pathum Thani Provincial Public Health Office telling people who visited the big market at Lamlukka Klong 7 that they are at risk of contracting this disease and to assess themselves and urgently undergo a test.
The risk period is from March 1 till March 14 and those who have to get a test can do so at any hospital near their residence.
It was also reported that Gen Prayut’s convoy adjusted their route to the Government House this morning and came into the compound via gate number 3 in order to avoid the “Walk Through the Sky V2” protesters who are still camped at the edge of Prem Prachakorn canal, Rama 5 Road, beside Rajamangala University of Technology with this being right across from the Government House.
Dr Yong Poovorawan, from Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, will be giving Gen. Prayut and other ministers who are willing and ready the jabs at Government House’s Santi Maitri Building.
Reporters will not be allowed in during the vaccination but this will be broadcast live through Thai Koo Fah web page.
Gen Prayut will later give a speech on the overall picture and the drive to move the country back to normalcy. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul will outline the overall vaccination management.
Earlier the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA’s) assistant spokeswoman Dr. Apisamai Srirangsan said that there were 78 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours but one fatality with this raising the death toll to 87.
The addition of these news cases, with 74 being domestic and four arriving from overseas, took the overall cumulative confirmed total to 27,005 with 26,123 having recovered.
The patient who died is an 88-year-old man who lived close to Phon Phat Market in Pathum Thani province and whose family has a stall there. His family did not get infected and it is suspected that he might have contracted the disease from a visitor.
The patient had underlying illness, including high blood pressure and a brain tumour. He tested positive for coronavirus on Feb. 15 and passed away on March 13.
Dr. Apisamai added that as markets are the centre of the community, they cannot be ignored and everyone, including shoppers, should cooperate in ensuring standards are maintained. Those who spot any slip-ups should report to the provincial authorities.
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