Thailand will lengthen the suspension of its quarantine waiver programme and herald new restrictions after a bounce in new coronavirus instances related to the Omicron variant, the federal government’s COVID-19 taskforce stated on Friday.
New programs for Thailand’s “Test & Go” quarantine waiver scheme may not be authorized till additional understand to stem the rise of coronavirus infections, stated Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the COVID-19 taskforce.
However current candidates can nonetheless input Thailand with out quarantine till January 15, he stated.
“We can still make changes if the situation improves, but for now we have to learn more about Omicron,” Taweesin stated.
Because of issues over Omicron, Thailand had halted the waiver programme since December 22 and likewise maximum of its “sandbox” schemes, which calls for guests to stay in a particular location for seven days however permits them unfastened motion all through their keep, aside from for the hotel of Phuket.
However from January 11, Thailand will permit quarantine-free access into the rustic by the use of the prior to now suspended sandbox schemes of Samui Plus, Phang Nga, and Krabi, Taweesin stated.
Thailand would additionally carry on January 11 an access ban on other folks travelling from 8 African nations it had designated as high-risk.
To curb native virus transmissions, alcohol intake in eating places can be halted after 9 p.m. in 8 provinces together with the capital Bangkok from Sunday, and banned within the nation’s different 69 provinces, Taweesin stated.
“Social drinking is the cause of the virus spread. Measures to restrict this will help curb the spread,” he stated.
Thailand reported 7,526 instances of the coronavirus on Friday, the perfect quantity since early November and greater than double the quantity on January 1.
“If we just let it happen, cases could reach 30,000 a day by the end of the month,” stated Taweesin.
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