People queue to seek registration for a Covid-19 test opened by the Bang Khae district office. Pattarapong Chatpattarasill / 19 MAR 2021 AT 04:00 / WRITER: MONGKOL BANGPRAPA
CCSA mulls steps for provincial travel
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Inter-provincial travel is expected to be allowed during next month’s Songkran festival as the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) meets today to discuss the easing of Covid-19 curbs.
Speaking after a meeting of the CCSA’s subcommittee on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said moves to ease various measures would be based on zoning under a colour-coded system used to identify which areas were most vulnerable to Covid-19 outbreaks.
Red, orange, yellow and green are used to illustrate the degree of Covid-19 infections in provinces affected by the disease, he said.
Currently, there were no longer red zones which required maximum control, and Bangkok and Samut Sakhon have now been declared as orange zones, Mr Anutin said, adding that public health safety would be prioritised in each zone.
Asked about the huge amount of inter-provincial travel expected during Songkran, Mr Anutin said provincial communicable disease committees led by provincial governors would lay down health protocols to screen people moving in and out.
Asked if water splashing would be allowed in provinces in green zones, Mr Anutin said the CCSA would make a decision at today’s meeting chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Although there were no red zones and inter-provincial travel was not banned currently, the government still had to take health safety into account, Mr Anutin said.
“We are now on the last lap. Covid-19 vaccines have already arrived and everyone will get the vaccine. Next year, we will be able to have fun again. Therefore, we need to cooperate like we did last year,” the minister said.
“Last year, Thailand went six to seven months without new cases of Covid-19. But when Thailand had performed well in disease control and news of vaccines emerged, a new surge of infections struck. However, the public health system is still efficient enough to bring new transmissions under control,” Mr Anutin said.
He also said the CCSA’s meeting would make a decision on whether to allow foreign travellers back into Thailand.
The required 14-day quarantine period has now been reduced to 10 days and if the visitors have received vaccines, they would be quarantined for seven days.
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