Thai Health Ministry Expects 5,000 New COVID-19 Cases per Day in October


BANGKOK (NNT) – Thailand’s Public Health Ministry expects the number of new COVID-19 cases to decline to about 5,000 per day by the end of next month.

Permanent secretary for public health Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit said the 5,000 cases per day estimate is simply a statistical projection, while the risk of the number of new infections increasing remains due to infection clusters and the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.

He said the proportion of infected patients with severe symptoms is also projected to drop dramatically as the number of new cases comes down. This apparent improvement in the outbreak situation is a result of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions imposed in “dark red” zones, coupled with the ongoing national vaccination campaign and mass COVID-19 testing.

Dr. Kiattiphum added that the COVID-19 outbreak pattern in Thailand is similar to that of some European countries, such as Britain, which has a similar-sized population, which explains why comparable COVID-19 control approaches have been adopted to contain the virus.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his gratitude for the cooperation provided by everyone in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus, after Thailand logged 9,489 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the first time in several weeks that the number of new infections fell below 10,000 per day.