Health Ministry predicts infections will fall to 5,000 a day by end of October

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Daily new Covid-19 infections are expected to fall to around 5,000 a day by the end of October, according to a Public Health Ministry spokesman. However, Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit remains concerned that they could rise again, due to a number of factors. The Bangkok Post reports that the emergence of infection clusters and the arrival of new variants are still risk factors, according to Kiattiphum.

The medic says that the expected drop in new infections should lead to a significant decline in the number of patients experiencing severe symptoms and those who require hospitalisation in intensive care units. Kiattiphum credits lockdowns and restrictions in dark red provinces for the improving Covid-19 situation, coupled with an acceleration of the vaccine rollout and mass testing.

“The risk of a large cluster of new infections occurring is still out there, yet it is very low, while the possibility of a new variant of the virus spreading is still rated by experts as not high. We should be able to live with another Covid-19 outbreak if it occurs, and if it does it would be expected to subside enough by March next year when we could again be back to a more normal situation.”

Yesterday, Thailand reported 9,489 new infections, the first time in several weeks that the figure has dropped below 10,000. The country also logged a further 101 deaths yesterday. According to the Bangkok Post report, from next month, Kiattiphum expects Thailand to be on a par with European countries in terms of its vaccination rate.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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