Virus easing 'in 4-6 weeks'

Virus easing 'in 4-6 weeks'

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha holds a video conference on the Covid-19 crisis at Government House with top business leaders on July 21, 2021. The prime minister reportedly said he hoped the situation would improve in the next four to six weeks. (Government House photo)
Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha holds a video conference on the Covid-19 crisis at Government House with top business leaders on July 21, 2021. The prime minister reportedly said he hoped the situation would improve in the next four to six weeks. (Government House photo)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hopes the Covid-19 situation in the country will ease in the next four to six weeks, a source said.

"I hope the situation will improve in the next four to six weeks based on the current medical evidence," the source quoted Prayut saying during an online meeting as the infection rate set another daily record on Wednesday.

"But I am concerned about the public use of antigen test kits. I am not sure whether they know how to use them properly," Prayut reportedly said.

Prayut chaired an online meeting attended by governors of 12 "dark-red zone" provinces -- Pathum Thani, Chon Buri, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Ayutthaya, Chanchoengsao, Samut Prakan, Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala, and Songkha.

Prayut wanted to better understand how each governor was managing the Covid-19 situation.

The prime minister told the governors to update the government on their problems so the government could fix them.

During the meeting, Prayut asked the governors whether the number of daily infections in their provinces had dropped, but none had any reply, the source said.

Prayut told the meeting that the government is not sitting idle.

Prayut insisted the country is not facing a shortage of medical supplies, including medicine and oxygen tanks.

Meanwhile, a doctor said on social media there may be about 400,000-500,000 asymptomatic cases in Bangkok.

Symptomatic cases account for 20% of infections while asymptomatic cases account for up to 80%, he said.

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Vocabulary

  • antigen: a harmful substance that causes your body to produce antibodies to fight it - แอนติเจน, สารที่กระตุ้นการสร้างแอนติบอดี้, สารก่อภูมิต้านทาน, สิ่งแปลกปลอมที่เข้าไปในร่างกาย แล้วร่างกายจะผลิตสารซึ่งเรียกว่าแอนติบอดีขึ้นมาต่อต้าน หรือทำลายสิ่งแปลกปลอมนั้น ๆ
  • asymptomatic (adj): (of a person or illness) having no symptoms, i.e., not signs of a disease or medical condition - ไร้อาการ
  • concerned: worried about something   - มีความกังวล
  • ease: to make a problem, situation or pain less severe or serious - บรรเทา
  • evidence: facts, signs or objects that make you believe that something is true - หลักฐาน,ข้อแสดง
  • hope (verb): to want something to happen - หวัง
  • idle: not being used; not working - อยู่นิ่ง ไม่ให้บริการ
  • record: the best or most ever achieved - สถิติ
  • reply: an answer - การตอบ
  • reportedly: as reported (often used for showing that you are not certain that something you are reporting is true) - ตามที่รายงาน
  • shortage (noun): when there is not enough of something - การขาดแคลน
  • source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
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