Thailand sees record new infectious diseases before major festivals

Bangkok, Thailand (AP) —Thailand reported 985 new cases of coronavirus on Monday. This is the largest daily increase since the start of the pandemic, and health officials said they were worried that the number of new infections would increase significantly after this week’s traditional Thai New Year holidays.

According to health experts, it was the first variant of the virus found in the UK, affecting young people because it occurred in nightclubs and bars, resulting in the third-largest surge in the country, resulting in more control. It’s getting harder.

“The third wave is different. The starting point is the younger generation with an active lifestyle. They went to clubs, returned home on a very long vacation and spread extensively,” said Ta Wee, senior consultant at the Ministry of Health. Dr. Chotopitayasnon said.

Millions of Thais travel all over the country, often from urban to rural villages, for this week’s annual Songkran Festival, which celebrates the traditional Thai New Year. The government is not blocking people’s travels as it was when they canceled the festival last year.

The current surge, which has infected at least one minister and forced many other ministers into self-quarantine, has heightened criticism of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha’s response to the government and its pandemic. Only 33,610 infections and 97 deaths have been recorded in Thailand, but critics say vaccination is too slow (less than 1% of the population has a jab) and a pandemic wipes out their livelihoods. They say there is a lack of support for those who have been vaccinated.

So far, Thailand has been using relatively small doses of Sinobac and AstraZeneca vaccines until local factories were able to start producing and distributing AstraZeneca vaccine in the middle of the year. Still, Thailand has ordered sufficient doses for about half of the 60 million people living here, and there is no clear schedule for the general public yet.

Dr. Opas Khan Kawin Thamsat, director of the Department of Disease Control, said post-Songkran holiday figures define the direction of Thailand’s recent surge.

“The trend is still rising. We have to look at the numbers after Songkran,” Opus said.

To stop the spread, 37 or 73 states in Thailand have made their own decisions and enacted travel restrictions. They included compulsory 14-day quarantine, virus testing, and even a non-resident immigration ban.

In Thailand, such an increase in daily new infections is rare. Thailand has survived the coronavirus pandemic much better than many countries through measures such as strict border controls that have eroded the country’s lucrative tourism industry. Thailand has also experimented with everything from curfew and alcohol bans to the closure of schools, shopping centers and restaurants.

The current outbreak is the largest outbreak the country has seen since its outbreak in December, centered on the fresh food market, which employs many migrant workers from Myanmar. However, this outbreak dates back to many bars and nightlife venues in central Bangkok. Some of them are popular with wealthy and powerful people.