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Thai schools to re-introduce disease precautions as Covid cases rise

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The government has instructed the education and health ministries to increase Covid-19 prevention measures in the country’s schools ahead of classes resuming later this month.

According to a Bangkok Post report, deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul says the order comes from the PM, as a result of a spike in cases following the Songkran holiday.

“Covid-19 cases have been on the rise since the Songkran festival last month, and the numbers look set to increase as Thailand is about to enter the rainy season, which is also known as the start of the flu season.”

It’s understood the PM has told the education and health ministries to re-introduce restrictions for schools and other educational institutions, in an attempt to curb the spread of infections.

Last Friday, the World Health Organisation issued a statement in which it confirmed that Covid-19 is no longer considered a global public health emergency, a development which signifies the end of the pandemic.

However, the Thai government says people should still get their booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as we head into flu season. Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri says that in particular, vulnerable groups should avail of a booster. These can be got for free from public hospitals, at the same time as the flu vaccine.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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