Thai pulmonologist suggests government to delay its Covid-19 announcement as endemic as daily infections continues to increase

PHOTO: Dr. Manoon Leechawengwongs

Bangkok –

Thailand’s prominent doctor Manoon Leechawengwongs suggested the government to postpone its Covid-19 announcement as endemic from July 1st, stating that the number of daily infections is still increasing.

The pulmonologist wrote his statement online today, June 30th, that it would be better if the announcement of the virus being endemic was postponed for a while until the situation is resolved.

He wrote: “Now, all hospitals in Bangkok are accepting more Covid-19 patients. Vichaiyut Hospital has to reopen one more ward for Covid-19 patients after it was closed for a while. Most of the patients who received treatment at the hospital had mild symptoms because they had been vaccinated.”

Dr. Manoon also urged the public to be cautious and not let their guard down by wearing a mask, avoiding crowded places or places with poor ventilation, performing social distancing, washing their hands regularly, and considering getting a booster shot.

“Everyone must accept the fact that even if you already received 5 vaccinations, you have to be careful because there is still a chance of getting the infection. However, a booster dose will help reduce severe symptoms and fatalities,” he added.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.