Coronavirus

Daily Covid tally climbs to 15,376 cases amid move to ease restaurant restriction

 

DESPITE the 24-hour coronavirus count reaching 15,376 cases and 87 deaths this morning (July 26), the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is moving to help restaurateurs by allowing those located in malls to deliver food for online orders, Amarin TV said. 

Of today’s large batch of cases, 14,335 were among the general public and 1,041 in prisons and detention centres.

This raised the cumulative confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 512,678 and in the current wave that began in April 483,815 .

The 87 fatalities increased the death toll to 4,146. At the same time another 6,782 patients have been cured while 167,057 are undergoing treatment.

The deputy spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s office Ms. Traisuli Traisornkul said it was agreed at the Cabinet meeting on July 20 and CCSA executive committee meeting on July 22 to ask the medical department to consider allowing restaurants in malls to deliver food for online orders.

The Public Health Ministry has considered this step and will now be asking CCSA to allow this relaxation.

That this step is being taken is to help entrepreneurs who are suffering from the current lockdown but the easing is subject to strict measures.

Three key steps are as follows:

– Entrepreneurs prepare DMHT measures for all employees (distancing, mask, hand washing, temperature taking).They come to work via a sealed route and if they start suffering from respiratory symptoms they must stop working. Storefront has to remain shut.

– Department stores arrange for food pick-up points with emphasis on social distancing and everyone wearing a face mask and not grouping together. This place must be well ventilated and not crowded with a DMHT system in place. Thai Chana and Mor Chana apps must be used.

– Online food delivery staff must wear masks all the time and maintain social distance plus carry alcohol gel. They have to stop working if they start having respiratory symptoms.

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Top: A person ordering food delivery on a tablet.

Home Page: Delicious fried meat and salad delivered in boxes. Both photos: Marco Verch, professional photographer, (CC BY 2.0)

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