BANGKOK, May 7 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has unveiled a four-point Covid strategy for 35,000 schools that will reopen later this month.
Schools across the country will resume on-site learning on May 17 as the school year begins.
The first step is to ensure that at least 60% of students aged 15 to 18 are fully vaccinated with two doses, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said.
The second is to ensure that all schools score at least 95% in assessments from provincial public health offices using the Thai Stop Covid Plus standard.
The third is to screen symptomatic and at-risk students with antigen testing.
The fourth measure is a contingency plan to ensure schools remain open even if infections are detected. Classrooms where students test positive must be cleaned, after which classes can continue as normal.
Sathit added that students who test positive in boarding schools will experience school isolation.
He said students or staff who come into contact with infected people do not need to quarantine if they are vaccinated and show no symptoms.
However, unvaccinated people with high-risk contacts should quarantine for five days and then monitor their symptoms for another five days. Those who come into contact with infected people should test themselves with ATKs on days 5 and 10 after contact.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan province and 14 other southern provinces have been placed on alert for flash floods and water runoff from today until Tuesday (May 7-10).
The other 14 southern provinces on flood alert are Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation issued the alert after a forecast of thunderstorms and heavy rain by the Thai Meteorological Department.
The department’s weather report said Friday that a cyclone churning in the Bay of Bengal will bring strong southeasterly winds across the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf from today through Monday.
Thunderstorms with isolated heavy rain are forecast over the country, while southerners should beware of extreme weather conditions that can cause flash floods and overflows. – The Nation Thailand/ANN