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Public Health Minister: No lockdown required in Bangkok

Public Health Minister: No lockdown required in Bangkok

Bangkok remains the center of the latest wave of the Covid-19. Thailand’s public health minister says there’s no need to impose a lockdown. Restrictions have already been tightened in Bangkok, classified as a “deep red” zone under maximum control to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

 Public Health Minister Anutin Charanvirakul says there is no need for a strict lockdown as most patients have only minor symptoms and can be treated in field hospitals.  Anutin states that 70% of Covid-19 patients in Thailand have mild symptoms while 10% of patients have severe symptoms.  He says that most of the recent outbreaks in the capital are contained in prisons or construction sites.

Vaccines will be used in high-risk areas to help slow the spread of the virus.  The other 1.7 million doses of Synovac and AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to arrive by the end of the month.  Anutin says that inmates in high-risk areas and the prison in which Covid-19 is spreading, will get the vaccine as soon as possible.

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