A new covid epidemic, now in tourist hotspots, is being feared by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha. According to a Thai media statement, he urged health authorities in major tourist destinations to closely monitor the number of Covid-19 cases. The reason is that after the national Thai holidays, the number of new cases of infection with this disease continues to grow.
According to the latest report from the Department of Disease Control, there is a risk that the number of new cases of coronavirus this week will double compared to last week. First of all, we are talking about an increase in the incidence in tourist hot spots such as Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Chonburi. Fortunately, the main subspecies of the virus is “a recombinant or hybrid strain of the BA.2.10.1 and BA.2.75 sublineages”, although more contagious, there is no evidence that it causes severe symptoms. That is, tough anti-COVID measures will not return, at least for tourists.
At the same time, Tares Krassanairaviwong, director general of the department, said that after Songkran the number of new patients increased. This week, 1,088 new infections were reported, corresponding to about 155 new cases per day, 2.5 times more than the previous week. In addition to tracking the sick, recommendatory measures are offered – including revaccination, as well as wearing masks in public places and in transport – on a voluntary basis.
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