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The Ministry of Labor is encouraging workers to follow health and safety guidelines

The Ministry of Labor is encouraging workers to adhere to the health and safety guidelines in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employers are reminded to look after their workers and take precautionary measures if they choose to arrange gatherings. 

Labor Minister Suchat Chomklin said the government prioritizes COVID-19 even after Songkran holidays. Employers are urged to ensure full cooperation at workplaces, including mask-wearing, handwashing, social distancing, and frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces.

Any firms wishing to hold events are encouraged to do so in a well-ventilated area, avoid overcrowding, and to refrain from hosting dinner parties. A self-performed antigen test is recommended for all ahead of traveling or attending meetings and gatherings.

Employers should also continue to encourage their employees, including migrant workers, to be inoculated or boosted to mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19 at the workplace.

Daily COVID-19 deaths in Thailand continue to rise, from yesterday’s 125 to 128 today (Tuesday), while new infections dropped from 18,892 to 17,775, according to the COVID-19 Information Centre.

24,545 patients recovered yesterday, leaving 214,554 others still undergoing treatment in hospitals and other facilities, including 2,079 cases of lung inflammation. Hospital occupancy rate is currently 26.5%.

Between February 28th and April 20th, 131,652,372 doses of vaccines were administered across Thailand’s 77 provinces. These include 56,002,319 first doses, 50,670,905 second doses and 24,979,148 third doses.

Dr. Somsak Akksilp, director-general of the Medical Service Department, said today, of the 125 fatalities reported yesterday, 117 were over 60, had underlying diseases or were pregnant and none of them were fully inoculated.

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