Covid-19 threat to be downgraded
The National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) has decided to downgrade Covid-19 from October as part of the country's plan to enter a normal endemic period.
The plan was announced on Monday by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.
Mr Anutin said health authorities have now been able to bring Covid-19 under control despite it still spreading, adding that the disease's severity has also been mitigated.
"This is why the NCDC has decided to downgrade the Covid-19 disease to a low level of concern from a dangerous communicable disease to a communicable disease under surveillance which will come into effect on Oct 1," Mr Anutin said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Disease Control said by designating Covid-19 as a communicable disease under surveillance, health authorities will no longer have the power to force patients to isolate themselves for 14 days.
- come into effect: to begin to be used - เริ่มใช้
- communicable disease: a disease that can spread from one person or animal to another - โรคที่สามารถติดต่อได้
- concern: interest or worry - ความสนใจ, ความกังวล
- declare: to announce officially that something is true or happening - ประกาศ ยืนยัน
- force (verb): to make someone do something that they don't want to do - บังคับ
- isolate: to separate from other people - แยกจากกัน
- mitigate: to make something less harmful or serious - บรรเทา
- outbreak: the sudden start of a disease - การระบาดของโรค
- severity: seriousness - ความรุนแรง
- surveillance: the process of carefully watching a person or place - การเฝ้าตรวจตราอย่างเข้มงวด