THE Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) executive committee has decided to neither change the colour-coded Covid zones nor implement stricter control measures despite today’s count soaring to 15,242 cases and 23 deaths with adjustments to only be made at the 20,000 mark, TV Channel 7 said this evening (Feb. 11).
At its meeting today chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha the panel acknowledged that the daily Covid tally had touched a new high for seven days in row with today’s count of 15,242 cases rising to 23,510 if the total of 8,268 people who tested positive via ATK kit but are awaiting confirmation via PCR test is added.
CCSA mentioned that around 50-60 percent of the cases were in the eight provinces in the blue tourism pilot scheme zone and 18 others that have tourism pilot areas.
People in these areas were told to strictly comply with public health measures so that the infection rate is controlled with this helping drive the economy and the tourism sector further.
The Prime Minister ordered officials in the 10 worst-hit provinces to use provincial measures to ensure the infection rate does not rise.
CCSA pointed out that the daily Covid count had now breached the green line, but the medical system can handle this increase in the number of patients, however effort has to be made to ensure the red line is not breached, that is when the daily count exceeds 20,000 cases.
However while the case count is rising the death toll has dropped for this reason CCSA is not adjusting the Covid zones.
Steps have also been taken to facilitate the entry of foreign tourists by adjusting the Test & Go procedure and signing an agreement to start direct commercial flights between Thailand and India for tourists and business people to come here.
Significantly even as 8,955 patients were cured today there remains 111,393 under treatment with 569 being in serious condition and 113 requiring oxygen.
Altogether 119 million doses of vaccines have been administered so far with 17.2 million people having received their third booster shot.
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