After the administrative centre for Covid19 containment, the CCSA, announced a plan to shut down the capital Bangkok for seven days, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he was prepared to go ahead and disadvantages to listen to.
The CCSA proposed the lockdown to contain the capital’s rising infections but also admitted it could cost workers their jobs and spread the virus further as workers move to their hometowns.
Anutin, meanwhile, said he has discussed the matter with the Bangkok governor and is ready to support any step taken to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Anutin also said he will speak to the operator of Muang Thong Thani and ask that the Bussarakham field hospital be kept open for another two or three months. This is because most Covid-19 infections occur in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces.
Of the 4,108 infections on Thursday, 1,359 were in Bangkok, followed by 297 in Samut Prakan, 259 in Samut Sakhon, 254 in Chonburi, 170 in Nonthaburi and 157 in Pathum Thani.
As for the 120-day countdown to the country’s reopening, Anutin said every aspect of the situation will be considered before the country opens to tourists. If the risk is still high, the opening will be delayed, he said.
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