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Thai Ministry of Health has expressed hope that the Covid19 crisis will be under control by January 1


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The Ministry of Health reported that Thailand has administered more than 57.38 million doses of Covid19 vaccines since February. Of these, 33.77 million were first shots, 22 million second shots, and 1.6 million booster shots.

“The goal is to increase the number of first shots to 43 million and second shots to 26 million by the end of October, or 61 per cent and 37 per cent of the population, respectively,” said Health Secretary Dr Kiattiphum Wongrajit.

By the end of November, we aim to increase these numbers to 75 and 55 per cent, and to 85 and 70 per cent by the end of the year, which is the global standard for developing countries.

“If vaccination coverage continues as planned, the Covid-19 situation in Thailand will be greatly improved by January 1, and people will be able to resume their daily activities under the new normal,” he added.

“By mid-2022, Thailand’s Covid-19 crisis should be largely contained after more than two years of spreading.

“As more businesses and public locations are allowed to open, citizens must continue to follow disease control measures or infection rates could rise again,” he warned. So if people strictly follow the Covid19 control measures, as they did during the lockdown period, we will see a gradual decrease in the daily number of cases in the coming months to less than 10,000 and less than 5,000.”

Separately, Dr Chawetsan Namwat, director of the Department of Disease Control’s Department of Emergency Diseases and Health Risks, said only 10 per cent of people who received free antigen test kits (ATK) have submitted their test results so far.

“Use the ATK even if the infection rate in your community has dropped, because people infected with Covid-19 may be asymptomatic and may unknowingly spread the virus to others,” he said. “The ministry’s proactive testing campaigns usually find infection clusters in crowded areas such as markets and funerals, where most participants say they don’t feel sick, but later test positive.

“In addition, the ATKs have an expiration date and can give an inaccurate result if left unused for a long time. Therefore, you should use the ATK and submit the result right away,” he added.

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