BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – On Tuesday, Thailand registered more than 900 coronaviruses for the third day in a row as thousands of people flocked to beaches on the first day of a long national holiday despite warnings from health officials.
Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong, director general of the Department of Disease Control, warned that possible blockades would take place next week as people return to cities after the traditional New Year festival known as Songkran. He said that after the holidays, the government will order housework for all public services.
The government reported 965 new cases on Tuesday, with 34,575 infections and 97 deaths since the outbreak began. More than 6,000 of those cases have been reported since April 1, when a new wave erupted in Bangkok’s central nightclubs and bars.
“The situation is still worrying. “More events are expected,” Opas said in a daily briefing.
He ruled out a general blockade, but said the Ministry of Health was considering targeting those at high risk. The government has already ordered the closure of all bars and entertainment venues in Bangkok և 40 other states, but does not prohibit travel between the 77 states of Thailand և.
However, many governors have taken steps to regulate access to 37 provinces, including mandatory two-week quarantine in some areas.
Millions of Thais travel across the country, often from rural areas to rural villages, for the Songkran Festival. Thousands gathered on the east coast of Chonburi on Tuesday to enjoy the first official day of the holiday.
Health experts say the third major wave to hit the country is more difficult to control because it was mainly a variant of the virus first found in the UK, mainly affecting younger people as it broke out in nightclubs and bars. :
As Thailand has a mandatory hospitalization rule for all positive cases, the wave has also caused a shortage of beds. Opas said the problem was solved with 30,000 beds now available in hospitals and field facilities.
Thailand has so far successfully managed the epidemic, closing the country to almost all international travel within a year. It hoped to return tourists from July with the gradual opening of the country to vaccinated travelers.
Thailand’s own vaccine disc has started slowly. The first shot was fired by only 505,215 people, and the second by 73,317.
Until now, Thailand has used a relatively small amount of Sinovac և AstraZeneca vaccines, while the local plant will be able to start distributing the AstraZeneca vaccine in the middle of the year. Even at a time when Thailand has ordered enough rations for half of the 60 million people living here, there is still no clear timetable for society.