Covid numbers are down but too early to let guard down

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Thailand’s Covid-19 numbers dipped below 10,000 cases per day for the past few days but a senior doctor warned on Thursday that it was too early to let the country’s guard down.

The government said that it would look to get rid of remaining restrictions including Thailand Pass to facilitate more incoming tourist arrivals as the number of Covid-19 cases dip.

The lowering numbers have been cited by the Prayut Chan-ocha administration as indication that its Covid-19 policies were working.

But one senior doctor at Siriraj Hospital told Thai Enquirer on Thursday that it was “much too soon” to declare any kind of victory when it came to the fight against Omicron.

“The number of people getting boosters is still below 50 per cent of the population and the number of infections is much higher than what is being reported,” said the senior doctor on condition anonymity.

The number of death rates still fluctuate and will fluctuate further now that the holiday period is over, the doctor said.

“Look for numbers to increase again in the coming days now that people are back and working.”

The doctor cited the situation in South Korea, where case numbers peaked at nearly 200,000 cases per day, as very possible in Thailand.

“We can’t let our guard down, we have to stay vigilant and continue to push vaccinations for those that have not been boosted.”

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