Covid-19 Pandemic Seems To Be Slowing, Prime Minister Says

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he considered that the Covid-19 crisis had been slowing down thanks to recently-imposed lockdown measures.

According to the prime minister, the pandemic could peak soon if people strictly adhere to current controls, expecting infections to decline next month.

New daily recoveries have risen, topping the daily case toll, he said, describing it as a “good sign.”

However, the prime minister remains concerned about the high number of deaths.

Thailand recorded a new death record on Wednesday, with 312, more than 70 more deaths compared to Tuesday’s figures.

Citing the Public Health Ministry’s statement, General Prayut also said increasing the lockdown effectiveness would help reduce infections and deaths.

Therefore, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has decided to extend the quasi-lockdown until late August.

The prime minister also asked the public to cooperate and abide by the rules to curb the growing number of new infections and fatalities.

Besides, he explained the “universal prevention” concept he had been promoting.

General Prayut said people should only go outside when strictly necessary and keep 1-2 meters away from other people everywhere.

He also recommended people to wear masks at all times, both outdoors and at home, if they live with elderly or vulnerable people.

Following the World Health Organization (WHO)’s instructions, the prime minister advised people to avoid direct hand contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, and masks.

Moreover, he said that all Thais must wash their hands frequently before each meal and after sneezing, coughing, or touching common areas.

Under universal prevention measures, vulnerable people and the elderly should not leave home. If it is unavoidable, they should stay outside for the shortest time possible.

Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces must also be ensured, and everyone should separate their personal items and not share them with others.

General Prayut said people should also avoid sharing food and opt for hot or fully cooked food.

Also, those who believe they are at risk should use antigen test kits or get tested at the nearest hospital to see if they have caught the virus, he added.

The prime minister also urged people to strictly follow preventive measures, mentioning that anyone can come across a person infected with Covid-19.