THE Public Health Ministry is going to hold talks with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on extending the lockdown for public safety and quick return to normalcy, Sanook.com said this afternoon (Aug. 22).
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said officials are now preparing information for consideration of this extension.
He added that under the current circumstances no one is comfortable with those in charge constantly thinking about vaccination, medicine and opening as many field hospitals as possible while also boosting the morale of frontline workers.
The ministry earlier said there were 19,014 new coronavirus cases and 233 deaths today with 18,818 being among the general public and 196 in prisons and detention centres.
The cumulative confirmed total since April 1 has now reached 1,020,432 and since the start of the pandemic 1,049,295.
The 233 additional fatalities raised the death toll to 9,320.
Another 20,672 patients had been cured with recoveries since April 1 reaching 812,210 while 200,339 are undergoing treatment.
Top: Sathorn road during coronavirus curfew last year. Photo: Maythee Anegboonlap (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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