Ministry: Bangkok close to reaching Endemic Sandbox phase


THE PUBLIC Health Ministry said Bangkok is among the provinces where Covid-19 outbreak has improved with the number of new infections, critically-ill patients and fatalities continuing to decline and this is helping the capital move closer to the Endemic Sandbox phase, Matichon newspaper said today (May 2).

Dr. Kiatpoom Wongrachit, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said at a meeting with Dr. Panrudee Manomaiphiboon, director of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Health Department, that a measure had been worked out amid the current improvement in some areas with this be 2 U and 3 Guidelines.

The 2 U are universal prevention aimed at maintaining the highest level of self-defence and universal vaccination against Covid-19.

The  3 Guidelines covering all groups are to have enough beds for all Covid patients, have enough medicine and vaccines and enough personnel to take care of the patients.

“Bangkok is among the areas where there has been an improvement. Those infected are treated under Home Isolation or Outpatient Self-Isolation systems.

“Vaccination coverage is high with a hundred percent of the residents having received one or two jabs and over 60 percent the third booster jab so it can now move to the Endemic Sandbox model.

“It is recommended that relevant agencies gradually raise the level of relaxation in critical areas such as parks where a large number of people gather, risky businesses such as pubs and bars and public transportation so that people can gradually adapt and the transition is smooth,” Dr. Kiatipoom said.

This morning the ministry said there were less than 10,000 Covid patients over 24 hours for the first time in many days with the total being 9,331 new patients and 84 deaths, said.

This takes the cumulative confirmed total since Jan. 1 to 2,048,380 and since the start of the pandemic 4,271,815.

Today’s 84 fatalities raised the death toll to 28,701.

Another 21,168 patients were cured taking total recoveries since Jan. 1 to 1,945,552 while 129,068 patients are undergoing treatment.


Top: A young girl getting vaccinated in Bangkok. Photo: NNT

Home Page: The meeting at the Public Health Ministry today. Photo: Matichon

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