Thai government calls for serious efforts to protect young children from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as their schools reopened.
Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, said that young children were at-risk groups when they returned to schools because they naturally stayed close to each other.
He praised teachers for their hard work, teaching two rounds for each class as students were set for staggered hours of learning. No one could tell when the hard work could end, Dr Taweesin said.
The spokesman encouraged parents to train their children to always wear face masks for their self-protection from COVID-19.
This year, infections of respiratory diseases including influenza, pneumonia and hand-foot-and-mouth disease significantly dropped as people were wearing face masks, Dr Taweesin said.
In the first half of last year, nearly 1,000 people had hand-foot-and-mouth disease. The number dropped to less than 500 during the same period this year, he cited. (TNA)