Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday that the government would not take strong measures, such as not yet imposing a nationwide lockdown, to prevent the troubling Covid19 Omicron variant from entering and spreading.
Omicron, dubbed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization last week, is a new and potentially more contagious strain of coronavirus, and Thailand and other countries have in recent days directly restricted travel from southern Africa, where the strain was first discovered.
“Strong measures, such as a nationwide lockdown, will not be used yet as the government will carefully consider the impact on the economy and tourism and choose appropriate measures that can protect people,” Prayut said.
“From now on, we will focus on implementing the Covid Free Setting in as many areas as possible.”
The prime minister also urged anyone who has not been fully vaccinated to make this happen as soon as possible.
“It is not advisable to wait for a new vaccine made especially for the new variant, as the old variants still exist in Thailand,” he stressed.
Prayut said that while there have been no reports of Omicron cases in Thailand so far, he has instructed the Ministry of Health and the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration to prepare for the threat posed by Omicron by closely monitoring the situation. monitor and stock adequate vaccines and treatment for narcotics.
“People should also continue to maintain measures to prevent the spread of the virus and stay on guard against the virus,” he advised.
“Most importantly, be patient and understand that the reopening of some provinces and businesses may have to be delayed due to the threat of the new variant. The government must do this in the interest of everyone,” he said.
“The cabinet will soon consider remedial measures for entrepreneurs of certain companies in risk areas that must remain closed until the situation improves,” said Prime Minister Prayut.
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