Phuket plans to announce Covid-19 as an endemic disease, Thai Central government urges patience

Phuket –

Phuket is planning to announce Covid-19 as an endemic disease after Covid -19 new and confirmed cases have continued to decrease in the province.

Our previous story on the Pattaya News’s sister website:

Phuket’s Deputy Governor today on February 20th, 2022 announced the island’s readiness to be a pilot area for treating Covid-19 Coronavirus as an endemic disease, reducing restrictions and the number of quarantine days for infected patients.

The Phuket Provincial Public Heath Chief Doctor Kusak Kukiattikoon told The Phuket Express, “The number of Coivd-19 new and confirmed cases has continued to drop for four weeks in a row, despite concerns around an increase after Songkran, the Thai new year. In the past day, only 39 new and confirmed cases of Covid -19 were recorded with no new deaths.”

“More than 60 percent of people in Phuket have been triple vaccinated with a Covid-19 vaccine. However, 52 percent of people in the 608 groups (elderly, have chronic health problems, and pregnant) were triple vaccinated. The 608 group needs to be 60 percent triple vaccinated. Please take the triple vaccination so that we will reach the rules of an endemic province set by central authorities. After that we will suggest to the CCSA (The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration) to make us endemic,” Doctor Kusak explained.

Meanwhile, this morning Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul urged patience on endemic classification and lifting more restrictions, like mask mandates or legal opening of nightlife, stating that it was improbable to ease restrictions province by province in terms of labeling Covid-19 endemic and that the country needed a national approach. Anutin cited the fact that many rural provinces were not ready to be classified as endemic yet, due to case loads and vaccination rates.

TPN media notes, however, that tourism facing provinces disagree with waiting for the entire country to be at the same level and stressed that tourists wanted restrictions eased as soon as possible.

The current target for making Covid-19 endemic as a country is roughly July, notes TPN.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.