Ministry health

Thai PM orders ministry and agencies to prepare for possible post-Songkran surge of Covid-19

BANGKOK, April 17 (Bernama): Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has ordered the Ministry of Public Health and other relevant agencies to prepare for possible post-Songkran Covid-19 clusters as people return Songkran holiday, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana mentioned.

Among other things, the ministry and other related agencies have been urged to dedicate more beds and community isolation centers.

“The public is advised to monitor their health for up to 7-10 days after returning from Songkran vacation.

“If symptoms such as fever, runny nose or cough develop, they should seek medical attention immediately and be tested,” Thanakorn said in a statement to media.

He said the National Health Security Office (NHSO) had already increased the lines available for the 1330 Covid-19 hotline to meet the growing demand for help after Songkran.

The 1330 hotline will help manage inquiries and requests from Covid-19 patients as well as coordinate the registration process for home and community isolation and provide transportation to hospitals based on their symptoms.

Meanwhile, Prayut expressed his gratitude to all concerned authorities – police, military and civilians for taking care and ensuring the safety of the people.

He also thanked business owners and the public for adhering to Covid-19 preventative measures over the festive period.

Thailand has reported over four million cases of Covid-19 with 18,892 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours.

To date, the cumulative number of coronavirus cases nationwide now stands at 4,012,184 since the pandemic hit the kingdom in March 2020.

Meanwhile, 125 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 26,754 deaths so far.

The bed occupancy rate was 26.7% to date. – Bernama