Lockdown set to be relaxed next week: DDC

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The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has said that lockdown measures could be relaxed as early as next week.

Speaking on Monday, DDC chief Dr Opas Kankawinpong said that COVID-19 in Thailand may already have peaked and that the number of new cases will continue to decline.

As a result, Dr Opas said that many of the restrictions and lockdown measures put in place throughout Thailand will likely be relaxed from the beginning of next month.

On Monday, the new number of new cases fell to 17,491, while 22,134 recoveries were also reported.

Dr Opas said that if the downward trend continues over the next three or four days then Thailand can begin to gradually lift restrictions from September.

Dr Opas said the decline in cases was due to people co-operating with the restrictions put in place and the accelerated rollout of the vaccine throughout the country.

However, he added that ensuring there are enough vaccines being given to people in the ‘dark red’ zones still remains a priority.

This post was republished with permission from ASEAN NOW