One of the issues that surface in the cold season is PM2.5 airborne particulate matter. The PM2.5 readings in many areas of Thailand have been increasing as the cold season comes into full swing, and are expected to deteriorate toward the end of this week before improving.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa said the increased level of PM2.5 airborne dust has yet to reach a level that was hazardous to health, but air inversion is expected to become more apparent on December 11 and 12. This development will cause a rise in PM2.5 accumulation in Bangkok and its vicinity over a period of 1-2 days, after which the amount of airborne dust will ease. People are urged to take health precautions and consider refraining from outdoor activities during the said period.
With many people now heading to national parks to take in the fresh air of the cold season, Mr. Warawut has told national park officials to rigorously enforce COVID-19 prevention measures. Would-be visitors should reserve their park entry queues through the ‘QueQ’ mobile application and make inquiries to the national park before they embark on their trips. The minister noted that visiting national parks is different from before the pandemic, as the number of visitors needs to be restricted and public health measures have to be enforced. He also offered an apology to people who had been unable to enter national parks upon arrival. (NNT)