Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) expects COVID-19 infections in Bangkok to decline in late August and early September.
DDC Epidemiology Division Director Dr. Chakkarat Pittayawong-anont said infections in Bangkok are likely to level off, with signs of improvement in four to six weeks. The COVID-19 situation in Bangkok is different from those in surrounding provinces because, despite a rise in cases, the inoculation rate in the capital is relatively high, at 50%.
He added that Thailand is expected to see more COVID-19 cases in the provinces, including intra-family transmission and those who return home for care and treatment.
Dr. Chakkarat said all parties need to cooperate to avoid the Wuhan model being imposed, in which everything is shut down. Businesses and factories should implement the “bubble and seal method” if the premises remain free of infections. For outlets where infections are reported, they are advised to avoid shutting down, as that would result in workers returning home and triggering community transmission. (NNT)