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Close-to-normal livelihoods to return in time for the Songkran Festival in April

The National Security Council (NSC) has said there will not be another lockdown to curb COVID-19 infections unless it was the only option remaining.

The NSC Secretary-General Gen Supoj Malaniyom said that the CCSA operations centre will develop a contingency plan, in case daily COVID-19 infections reach about 100,000 cases, in which case more health facilities will be needed, besides field hospitals, to accommodate patients. Thailand’s daily COVID-19 infection number has been on the rise and reached a record 23,557 cases today. 

Regarding the adjustment of the Universal Coverage for Emergency Patients (UCEP) scheme, he said that the operations centre has been instructed by the cabinet to look into the details of the scheme, so the public can be informed and reassured that they will still have access to medical treatment.

On the proposal for infected students and those considered as high risk to sit examinations in a specially reserved area at school, General Supot said that this will depend on whether each school can arrange such a facility.

The NSC chief also said Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered provincial governors to tackle local clusters through administrative mechanisms. 

In his capacity as chair of the CCSA operations centre, General Supot said it is expected that the ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections will level out during March and that, during the Songkran festival, people will be able to celebrate the traditional Thai New Year’s Day in a way as close to normal as possible.

He said, however, that the celebration can’t be normal, noting that social gatherings, parties and other high-risk activities will still be prohibited, but inter-provincial travel will not.

Mirko Bennardo
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