WHILE Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha decided to as yet not enforce new measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus variant Omicron at a Cabinet meeting today (Nov. 7) he did order tighter screening of people entering the country, TV Channel 7 said.
Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutecha said Gen. Prayut had instructed Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul to increase stringent measures in screening travellers coming into the country.
However activities in the country can proceed as planned with this including the reopening of the country to tourism, New Year countdown events and relaxation of measures in various zones.
This will be coupled with tighter screening measures and close monitoring of information about the Omicron variant.
If there is more information the situation will be resolved in a timely manner but for now everything is allowed to move forward.
Anutin had said that at present it cannot be determined how Omicron will affect disease control as it would take at least two weeks to one month to get research results from the World Health Organization and the rest of the world and for this reason it is not currently a cause for concern.
Top: Intense screening of international passengers at Samui Airport. Photo: NNT
Home Page: Deputy Minister of Public Health Satit Pitutecha briefing the press. The Thai headline says, “No additional steps to handle Omicron.” Photo: TV Channel 7