People have had to learn to live with the sickness since the Covid-19 outbreak began more than two years ago. Finally, the country’s national communicable disease committee is preparing for what it hopes will be a seamless transfer to endemic status.
People have learned to protect themselves against infection through methods such as frequent hand washing, social distancing, and mask-wearing, according to Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Health. A high immunization rate is also beneficial and should encourage the government to press forward. Currently, 81.2 percent of the population has received their first dose, with 74.7 percent receiving a second and 38.9 percent receiving a third.
“We have lived with the disease for a while now and been forced to become accustomed to it. The medical profession now has few problems when treating the disease and over 99% of the Thai population has a right to free medical treatment under the government’s health insurance schemes. There is nothing to be worried about,” he said.
It’s due to a drop in daily infections, which is in line with a ministry prediction that the rate would fall to a point where the country’s public health security would no longer be threatened, he added.
It will add Covid-19 to the list of viruses that must be monitored under the communicable illness law in terms of legal enforcement.
All travel restrictions would be eliminated, and pubs, taverns, and restaurants would be permitted to reopen,” he explained. Meanwhile, a Covid-free environment must adhere to a voluntary code of conduct.