Thailand hits 100 days with no native virus transmissions

Bangkok, September 2

Thailand’s prime minister on Wednesday congratulated his countrymen on the nation having achieved 100 days and not using a confirmed domestically transmitted case of the coronavirus, at the same time as safety alongside the border with Myanmar is being stepped up as a measure towards the illness.

Health officers didn’t spotlight the milepost, however Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha described it as a “good accomplishment” towards making the nation secure. He used the event to induce the federal government and folks to work collectively to convey the nation out of the COVID-19 disaster.

“If we don’t help each other, none of us can move forward and the country can’t move forward, and the people will suffer more than they already have,” he stated.

Thailand has sustained comparatively mild well being injury from the pandemic, regardless that in January it was the primary nation outdoors China to substantiate a case. But its financial system has been devastated by the absence of overseas vacationers, who’re banned from entry, and a drop in exports.

Thai well being authorities reported eight new coronavirus circumstances on Wednesday, all from overseas, bringing the nation’s whole to three,425, together with 58 deaths.

The nation’s final domestically transmitted case was confirmed on May 24 and introduced on May 25. According to the Department of Disease Control, it concerned a 56-year-old Thai lady who had end-stage kidney illness, diabetes and hypertension as underlying circumstances.

She was admitted to the hospital with issue respiratory and examined optimistic for the coronavirus, dying the identical day because the take a look at outcomes. Only yet one more particular person has been listed as dying from the illness since then.

New Zealand and Vietnam are two different main international locations which have had comparable lengthy streaks of no reported circumstances of native transmission.

New Zealand went 102 days earlier than discovering new circumstances final month, and Vietnam went about 99 days earlier than there was a brand new native outbreak. New Zealand reinstituted restrictions after its new outbreak, together with a lockdown of the town of Auckland. Taiwan additionally has gone over 100 days with out native transmission.

Thailand has step by step eased a lot of the virus-fighting restrictions it imposed beginning in March, with the numerous exception of continuous to bar most overseas guests. The authorities has been cautious of reopening the nation, scuttling or suspending a number of plans.

However, there’s the chance {that a} pilot undertaking permitting a small variety of overseas vacationers into the southern vacationer island of Phuket underneath strict circumstances could quickly be carried out.

Most not too long ago, Thai authorities have been alarmed by surges in circumstances in neighboring Myanmar.

Thai officers introduced this week that they have been quickly closing a number of checkpoints on the border with Myanmar within the north and west which were open principally for commerce. Security was ordered stepped up as effectively towards potential unlawful entry throughout the river that marks a lot of the border. Controls have been additionally ordered tightened at Thai camps close to the border that home 1000’s of refugees from Myanmar. — AP

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