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Anutin favours ending Thailand Pass for Thai returnees

Anutin favours ending Thailand Pass for Thai returnees

BANGKOK: Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul plans to propose ending the Thailand Pass system initially for returning Thais, and later also for foreigners.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 6 May 2022, 08:37AM

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul favours ending the Thailand Pass system for Thai returnees. Photo: File / Bangkok Post

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul favours ending the Thailand Pass system for Thai returnees. Photo: File / Bangkok Post

Anutin, also deputy prime minister, said yesterday (May 5) that coronavirus-related deaths had gradually declined, as predicted by the Department of Disease Control.

The hospital bed occupancy rate was just 20%, which meant the country had enough doctors, medicine and beds to treat COVID-19 infected patients. Infections among people returning from abroad was only 0.001%, he said.

The health ministry would continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation for now, reports the Bangkok Post. If the situation could be controlled, more restrictions would be eased in preparation for the declaration of COVID-19 as an endemic disease, Anutin said.

He planned to propose to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) that the Thailand Pass system be scrapped for Thai returnees. Later, this could be expanded to include foreign visitors.

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Anutin was speaking after a meeting with senior officials of the Public Health Ministry.

Whether the emergency decree should be extended or not was for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the CCSA to decide, he said.

In his view, the imposition of the emergency decree was not a problem because it made it easier to control the disease. If COVID-19 was declared endemic, the emergency decree may no longer be necessary. The public health system was at readiness, and it was not necessary to rely on the enforcement of a law to control the disease.

He urged people to get fully vaccinated in accordance with the government’s goal, because in less than two months COVID-19 disease would likely be declared endemic. Full vaccination would help reduce the severity of the disease and the number of deaths, he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 09 May 2022 - 10:33:25

@Kurt   Every time you don't have an answer or you don't want to answer,you come up with "derailing" .Just answer the question and stop this illeism . 

Kurt | 08 May 2022 - 18:47:55

DeKaaskopp derailing again. Deviating to visa matters, in his reaction to Kurt while it is about Thailand Pass. Validity Thailand Pass is health wise zero when some arrivals must have and others not. To compare Thailand Pass ( medical matter) with international arranged Visa technicallities as Dekaaskopp does, makes no sense. 

DeKaaskopp | 08 May 2022 - 17:41:08

@Kurt   Many tourists from European countries or other countries can enter Thailand without a visa. At the same time Thai's need a visa to enter those countries. You call this " discrimination" too ?

Kurt | 07 May 2022 - 13:02:24

Sure Anutin's advisors told him never to talk anymore about 'dirty foreigners'.  But his Thailand Pass discrimination as or Thai are different 'humans' than foreigners is a indirect showing his foreigners aversion . With exempting Thai of Thailand Pass procedure actually the validity of Thailand Pass is completely gone. Losing any  medical justification. It's just dumb powe...

JohnC | 06 May 2022 - 10:13:49

What about expat returnees. Surely they should also be included in this proposal?


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