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COVID-19 threat to be downgraded

BANGKOK: The National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) has decided to downgrade COVID-19 from a “dangerous communicable disease” to a “communicable disease under surveillance” from October as part of the country’s plan to enter a normal endemic period.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 9 August 2022, 07:49AM


A boy waits his turn to receive a COVID-19 jab at the Central Westgate shopping mall in Nonthaburi on Aug 4, 2022. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

A boy waits his turn to receive a COVID-19 jab at the Central Westgate shopping mall in Nonthaburi on Aug 4, 2022. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

The resolution was announced yesterday (Aug 8) by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who chaired the NCDC meeting, reports the Bangkok Post.

COVID-19 was declared a dangerous communicable disease in late Feb 2020 by the NCDC which allowed health authorities to respond more quickly in trying to contain outbreaks.

Anutin said health authorities have now been able to bring COVID-19 under control despite it still spreading, adding that the disease’s severity has also been mitigated.

“This is why the NCDC has decided to downgrade the COVID-19 disease to a low level of concern from a dangerous communicable disease to a communicable disease under surveillance which will come into effect on Oct 1,” Anutin said.

“We have never faced a shortage of drugs, while many more people have learnt how to better understand how to live with the disease,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said by designating COVID-19 as a communicable disease under surveillance, health authorities will no longer have the power to force patients or suspected sufferers to isolate themselves for 14 days.

Dr Opas still urged the public to comply with universal health measures, such as being fully vaccinated, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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harald | 10 August 2022 - 22:12:08

and there are people who can also calculate on an allegedly highly dangerous island like phuket and thus see that more people have drowned while swimming in 2 years, more in traffic than died from the flu virus covid19 :-D

harald | 10 August 2022 - 22:06:35

it may also be, there are educated people who are familiar with both dangerous and harmless flu viruses, who never wore senseless and useless masks during the plandemic, know viruses never stick to distance rules, never let themselves be vaccinated with an ineffective mrna vaccine, and they know how criminal who count victims :-D

christysweet | 10 August 2022 - 10:41:58

Apparently some rely on ridiculous  conspiracy theories  gleaned off monetized  You Tube channels instead of accredited  news sources and then exaggerate and further convolute the BS they've heard. 

harald | 10 August 2022 - 00:01:17

some apparently don't know the difference between a plandemic and a pandemic and see mass deaths where there is none. What they don't know either is the difference between dying with covid or because of it. don't know either, according to who, all are counted as covid victims, test after death is positive, even if the cause of death was a completely different one, such as a traffic acc...

christysweet | 09 August 2022 - 10:26:26

New Zealand dropped its restrictions and all the vulnerable people are dropping like flies, worst death rates in the world right now. If you want to kill off an aging demographic Covid is the way to do it.  

 

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