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The governors of all 76 of Thailand’s provinces have been ordered to establish and manage Covid-19 operations centres. Interior Ministry permanent secretary Chatchai Promlert announced the order yesterday. As Thais start inter-provincial travel there is an increased risk of undetected cases moving around the country and setting off another localised outbreak.

According to the order, each centre will be responsible for all levels of administration, including the province, its districts, subdistricts, and municipalities, in relation to Covid-19 matters.

The administrative chiefs, such as governors and district chiefs or deputy chiefs, will be assigned as heads of each level of the centres. Other officials of each administrative body will be assigned to participate in the centres as well.

Thailand has had encouragingly low numbers of Covid-19 infections, with single-digit daily increases for a week, but health officials warn that because the percentage of the Thai population who’ve been tested remains low, actual case numbers could be much higher.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand | National News Bureau of Thailand

 

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