19 hours ago – 16:24 KYODO NEWS
BANGKOK – Thailand will downgrade COVID-19 to a “communicable disease under surveillance” from a “dangerous communicable disease,” effective Oct. 1, the prime minister’s office said Wednesday.
The downgrading, published in the country’s Royal Gazette, comes as the number of global infections falls, with severe symptoms and fatalities also declining.
Thailand has sufficient stocks of vaccine and a majority of the population has been vaccinated, a government spokesperson said.
COVID-19 was also taken off the list of prohibited diseases for foreigners entering or staying in Thailand.
The country will consider measures to be implemented by both private and public sectors in compliance with the new announcement later this week.
On Wednesday, Thailand registered 1,129 new cases and 13 deaths, lifting the country’s total infections since the pandemic began to 4,675,532 cases with 32,668 fatalities.
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