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Thailand COVID Update May 20, 2022

Thailand COVID Update May 20, 2022

Thailand Ministry of Health reports 6,463 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 41 deaths since yesterday. The ministry also announced an additional 7,091 patients recovered from the COVID-19 virus.

“The Covid-19 situation is improving and new cases are lower than expected. Covid-19 will enter its declining stage a few weeks sooner than anticipation, in late May and early June. However, the date for declaring Covid-19 an endemic disease remains July 1,” said CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin.

On June 1, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration agreed to expand the zones where Covid-19 rules are relaxed, allowing pubs, bars, karaoke businesses, and massage parlors to reopen in 31 provinces.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokeswoman for the CCSA, said 14 provinces will be designated as Covid-19 surveillance (green) zones, while the number of tourist pilot (blue) zones would increase from 12 to 17. The remaining 46 provinces, down from 65, will be close monitoring (yellow) zones.

The 14 green zones will be Chai Nat, Trat, Nakhon Phanom, Nan, Buri Ram, Phichit, Ang Thong, Maha Sarakham, Yasothon, Lampang, Surat Thani, Surin, Udon Thani, and Amnat Charoen.

The 17 blue zones will be Krabi, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Nonthaburi, Narathiwat, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phangnga, Phetchaburi, Phuket, Rayong, and Songkhla.

There will be no limits on meetings or the usage of school buildings and sports facilities in the green and blue zones. The number of persons in each meeting in yellow zones will be limited to 1,000. Disease prevention will be implemented in schools. At indoor stadiums, the number of spectators will be limited to 75 percent of the seats. All seats are available in open-air stadiums.

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