In Thailand, Covid numbers plummet, but restrictions remain

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Thailand recorded 5,238 new Covid infections and 40 new Covid-related deaths in the past 24 hours, another day of declining numbers since the Omicron variant peaked on April 1 with 28,379 infections over a period 24 hours.

Yesterday there were 6,094 new infections and 51 deaths.

But the number of deaths from Covid-19 has been stubbornly constant over the past 11 days, floating between 50 and 60 each day.

3,445 positive ATK tests are also to be added in the last 24 hours, a number which also decreases proportionally to the number of confirmed PCR tests.

10,822 patients remain in Thai field hospitals or hospital facilities and 30,722 at home or in community isolation. Of those hospitalized, 1,271 remain critically ill and 613 are on ventilators.

Of the 40 people who died on the last day, they were between 38 and 100 years old.

Despite the rapid downward trend in Covid cases in Thailand, the country is still under an emergency decree which will last at least until the end of this month, and could be extended for another 2 months. , as it has been since April 2020. The Emergency Decree bypasses all Covid-related issues and budget of the Thai parliament with the CCSA, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, meeting every 2 weeks and updating all restrictions and legislation.

The CCSA is due to meet this Friday to decide on further easing of restrictions in the country and any changes to the Thailand Pass.

Thailand has always officially banned the reopening of bars, although many old bars and nightlife spots have “converted” into fake restaurants allowing them to serve alcohol until midnight, the current legal closing time. in Thailand.

There also remains an enforcement of wearing face masks in public spaces, a situation that may begin to ease in some places, in some situations, over the next month under the moniker ‘endemic sandbox‘.

People traveling to Thailand must also apply for an online travel registration gateway called Thailand Pass, administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Thailand Pass applies to Thais and all foreign travelers.

Travelers must upload their vaccination documents, passport details and proof of US$10,000 Covid insurance coverage. Thais, or foreigners working in Thailand with a current work permit, are exempt from insurance coverage (as they are covered by Thailand’s universal healthcare system).

Here is the latest information on the Thailand Pass, which came into effect on May 1.

Fully vaccinated travelers will only need the following documents…

  • Passport
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Proof of insurance ($10,000)

Unvaccinated or under-vaccinated travelers will need the following documents…

  • Passport
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Proof of insurance ($10,000)
  • Negative PCR test (within 72 hours before departure to Thailand)

If the unvaccinated traveler cannot provide a negative PCR test, he will have to do the 5 day QA (alternative quarantine). You can find the 5 day QA packages HERE.

If you have an existing Thailand Pass, which has already been approved, you can travel with the issued QR code and you do not need to register for a new Thailand Pass.

Despite plummeting numbers of Covid infections, Thailand was No. 9 in the world (yesterday’s figures because ‘Monday’ didn’t arrive in some countries) for new cases, according to worldometers.info.

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