Coronavirus

PM holding meeting on surge of Covid cases tomorrow

PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is concerned about the rise in the number of coronavirus cases over the past few days and will be holding a video meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) executive committee at 1.30 p.m. tomorrow, Siam Rath newspaper said,

Gen. Prayut has also held talks with both the Public Health Ministry and the CCSA on urgently promulgating strict measures to control the the current upswing of the coronavirus outbreak in the country

It is noteworthy that the National Security Council’s Operation Centre for Management of Covid-19 Situation has proposed an upgrade of measures to prevent and control the spread of this infection as well as the Public Health Ministry’s vaccine management plan.

The big CCSA meeting will be gearing up to make relevant announcements and issue various orders to control the new wave, such as the extension of the emergency decree nationwide and that various previous announcements and orders issued by the Prime Minister are still in force.

Meanwhile the Department of Disease Control has recommended travellers work remotely instead of travelling back at the end of the Songkran holidays to help contain the spread of Covid-19, while urging people who are already travelling back to self-isolate for 14 days, NNT said this afternoon.

On Thailand’s vaccination programme, the DDC Director General Dr Opas Karnkawinpong said 579,305 doses of the 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses received, have been given to 557,044 people in 77 provinces, as of  April 13.

He added that the number corresponds to the country’s vaccination target ahead of the mass vaccination drive starting in June, with 6-10 million doses of vaccine arriving monthly.

The Department of Disease Control is expected to take delivery of another 1 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Sinovac this week. The vaccine has already arrived in Thailand, and is now pending safety tests and regulatory clearance.

The Ministry of Public Health has allocated 600,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to health workers, and instructed provincial public health offices to complete the programme of allocated vaccinations within the month, to keep up the fight against the fast-spreading new wave.

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Top: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. File photo: Siam Rath

Home Page: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has transformed the Bangkok Arena in Nong Chok district into a 500-bed field hospital for Covid-19 patients as daily cases soar. Photo: NNT

 

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