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The Ministry of Public Health plans to mobilize Thailand as “medical hub” and adapt medical tourism measures to stimulate economic growth and promote tourism for COVID-19 disease. There are three main possible outlooks which are providing “Hospital Quarantine” and “Alternative Hospital Quarantine” for both Thais and foreign nationals, in order to receive medical treatments effectively, supporting Thailand as a medical hub under the theme “Healthcare Capital of the World.”, preparing medical equipment and supplies for a COVID-19 outbreak.
The Department of Disease Control has disclosed the results of COVID-19 testing among the high-risk people involved in the incident of Egyptian military crew member and a nine-year-old girl from Sudan. The results of testing in Rayong province show that all of 1,336 persons are negative. While in Bangkok, all of 267 persons who are in the OneX condominium are negative.
The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) disclosed that, as online trade and social media businesses are now growing rapidly in Myanmar, where 22 million social media users are counted nationwide, DITP is now encouraging Thai producers and exporters to operate more online businesses in Myanmar. The data revealed that there were 180,000 Burmese online buyers last year, and they paid 20 US dollars per capita for online shopping on average. The leading online products include fashion products, cosmetics, bus/airplane/train tickets, books, and food and drinks, respectively.
The government takes responsibility and immediate action with regard to COVID-19 infected Egyptian soldier. According to the Government Spokesperson, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, as head of Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has made clarification and publicly apologized to the public. It is the Government’s oversight that has to be amended. The Prime Minister does not stay idly, and has taken an urgent field visit to Rayong province to follow up on the situation, and listen to the local people’s views and reactions. He also ordered a thorough and in-depth investigation and assigned CCSA to review measures that have been relaxed. The Government has continued to strictly implement both public health, security, and relief measures. What has happened would be a lesson learned by all concerned sectors.
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha urged Thai people not to drop their guard even with the lockdown easing, the Government’s effort to move forward the national economy. People of all sectors need to remain cautious and practice self-prevention in accordance with the ‘New Normal’. Those who travel to other provinces or hang out with friends are also urged to register themselves through the “Thai Chana” application platform whenever they enter or exit public places. Data in the application will become very crucial and used for the purpose of tracking down and investigation if newly infected cases are found. The Prime Minister reiterated the importance of maintaining their guards to prevent the 2nd wave of disease spread.
As Thailand will have a long holiday from 25 to 28 July, when numerous people are expected to leave Bangkok for trips across the nation, the Cabinet has given its approval to exempt the toll fees for vehicles on some motorways. The motorways that will be free of charge include motorway number 7 (Bangkok – Pattaya), and motorway number 9 (Bang Pa-in – Bang Phli) and (PhraPradaeng – Bang KhunThian Checkpoint), from 00.01 hr, 24 July, to 24.00 hr, 29 July.