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Waiting for Covid-19 Cases to Drop Further? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Public Health Ministry says daily cases to remain near 10,000 due to relaxed lockdown

The number of new daily Covid-19 cases will not fall further for the time being because of the resumption in business and activities, according to Dr. Kiatiphum Wongrajit, permanent secretary for public health.

New cases were likely to remain at about 10,000 a day and would not drop further because some disease-control measures were lifted to support economy and workers, he said.

Thailand on Tuesday reported 10,919 new coronavirus cases – the lowest since early August. But today cases jumped up again to 11,252 with 141 deaths.  Wednesdy also saw 13,695 recoveries with 84 fewer people reported in serious condition and six fewer on ventilators.

Kiatiphum said the public must continue to seriously protect themselves from Covid-19 and co-exist with the disease.

However, in the near future, Covid-19 will finally become endemic, beginning with the areas of large outbreaks, patients without severe symptoms and mass vaccinations such as Bangkok and Phuket. Bangkok is recording 2,000-3,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, he said.

Academics could not tell when the disease would become endemic. It would gradually subside and patients will no longer have a serious symptom, Kiatiphum said.