Thai Public Health Ministry plans to downgrade Covid-19 to disease under authorities’ surveillance in October

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Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stated on Wednesday, September 7th, that Thailand would downgrade the Covid-19 Coronavirus as a disease under authorities’ surveillance, effective from October 1st.

The Minister revealed after the general meeting with the ministry’s executives that the situation of Covid-19 in the country was stable and under control. Therefore, the Ministry is planning to reduce the severity of the Covid-19 Coronavirus from a dangerous infectious disease to a disease under surveillance, starting in October.

Under the new declaration, the public health operation systems remain particularly the same to prevent the spread of the disease, including vaccinations, medicine distributions, and treatment at medical services, according to Anutin.

He also stated that the Ministry would be discussing more vaccine procurement for children with Pfizer Incorporated this afternoon for additional supplies in the country.

Despite the downgrade, Anutin also said that masks would still be encouraged, especially when around other people. The mask “mandate” was dropped some time ago, although most Thai nationals seem to still wear masks, even outdoors alone. It is not, however, compulsory to wear a mask.


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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.