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Raise your guard against dangerous new COVID wave, government warns

Raise your guard against dangerous new COVID wave, government warns

BANGKOK: Health authorities are urging people to raise their guard against COVID-19 as infections rise sharply and new strains multiply amid gatherings and an influx of foreign arrivals.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 29 November 2022, 08:57AM


A nurse vaccinates an elderly woman against COVID-19 at the already-closed Central Vaccination Centre at Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok in July. Health authorities are urging people to receive COVID-19 booster jabs as the disease is spreading faster. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

A nurse vaccinates an elderly woman against COVID-19 at the already-closed Central Vaccination Centre at Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok in July. Health authorities are urging people to receive COVID-19 booster jabs as the disease is spreading faster. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, permanent secretary for public health, said yesterday (Nov 28) the number of COVID-19 inpatients had risen, but most of them had mild symptoms. The number of fatalities was also increasing, he said, although the average number of daily deaths was still 10 or below.

“We anticipate a rising number of small waves that will gradually fall in the New Year,” Dr Opas said.

The growing COVID-19 count has prompted more people to seek vaccinations, and he ordered hospitals nationwide to administer vaccines to walk-ins as well as those with appointments, reports the Bangkok Post.

Dr Chakrarat Pitayawong-anont, epidemiology director of the Department of Disease Control, said COVID-19 cases were rising again because people were resuming activities and many had not been inoculated reccently.

“Those who were vaccinated or infected more than three months ago should receive a booster shot to prevent severe illness. They should also reduce risks from activities such as sharing meals... especially with elderly family members, who should currently refrain from going out,” he said.

Elderly people who contracted COVID-19 or had not been vaccinated in the past three months ago should see a doctor immediately to receive remdesivir or Paxlovid injections, because oral medications alone might not be sufficiently effective for them, Dr Chakarat said.

“During the long holiday period in December, people should protect themselves by wearing face masks in public places and avoiding risky activities,” he said.

According to the Thai News Agency, Dr Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the Department of Medical Sciences, said the BA.2.75 sub-variant of COVID-19 had caused 58% of new cases, fuelled by higher numbers of visitors arriving from India.

He said that as Europeans arrive in the next few months to escape their cold winters, cases of the XBB subtype could go up.

Dr Supakit also said that worldwide the disease was mutating to avoid antibodies and thus spreading faster. Previous cases could fall ill again, and vaccines might not be as effective in protecting recipients as they were before.

Under the present circumstances, people need at least four vaccine jabs, not three as previously advised, he said.

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christysweet | 30 November 2022 - 11:08:45

I'm wearing a mask, too- likely will  do so  forever.  Other people's respiration- well it's like their perspiration and this ain't ancient Rome and they ain't gladiators, I don't want it on me. 

JohnC | 30 November 2022 - 08:59:18

Since every tourist that has been let in never wears a mask under any circumstances, even tough still required indoors and with close contact, figures will climb drastically on Phuket. Neither do most 'expats' who only care about their own 'personal freedoms' to spread their diseases. Locals are about the only people who still wear them, to protect themselves from the selfish and i...

jamstock | 29 November 2022 - 16:22:07

My god they're still talking about this!

Kurt | 29 November 2022 - 13:39:03

On one hand the Thai do everything to get tourists in for their money, regardless Covid-19 thinking. Now, the Covid figures start stirring up and they warn the Thai people. What now, Thai Government? You bring in the covid risks with the foreign tourist push. You knew the risks. Don't start warning now. That is to late.

DeKaaskopp | 29 November 2022 - 12:34:49

Yawn .

BosysurfNaiHarn | 29 November 2022 - 09:40:35

Do Phuket hospitals have the newest formula and are expats eligible for the vaccination?

 

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