Move to extend Test & Go suspension till Jan. 31 amid Omicron spike


PUBLIC Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Jan. 3) that his ministry is going to propose that the suspension of the Test & Go entry scheme be extended from tomorrow (Jan. 4) till the end of the month amid a spike in Omicron variant cases, Matichon newspaper said.

The Department of Medical Sciences revealed that there were 229 Omicron cases today which raised the tally to 1,780.

Provinces logging the most cases are Bangkok, Kalasin, Roi Et, Chon Buri and Phuket with infection being found among foreign arrivals.

Anutin said earlier as Omicron cases increased around the world it was agreed by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that approval of applications for entry into the country by Test & Go method be halted and the situation be assessed again on Jan. 4.

Today senior ministry officials and medical professionals agreed that a proposal be tabled to the CCSA meeting tomorrow to extend the Test & Go suspension till the end of the month.

“I confirm that for peace of mind about entry measures and the safety of people in the country we have to postpone reopening of Test & Go, and we will propose this to CCSA meeting for immediate approval,” said Mr. Anutin.

“Travellers who had previously registered face a Jan. 10 deadline, after that all travellers have to be quarantined or come in via the Sandbox procedure,” Anutin said.


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