Govt to hire jobless to offer health advice

Govt to hire jobless to offer health advice

The government may employ public health volunteers to advise on how to prevent disease transmission as certain business activities reopen from the lockdown today.

Speaking at the Ministry of Public Health, Sathit Pitutecha, the ministry's deputy minister, said the government is concerned about the large number of workers losing their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak, while there will be job opportunities in the field of public health. Further details will be released later.

"The government will hire these jobless people to work as public health volunteers to help prevent a second wave of the outbreak," he said.

Team Thailand, a grouping of wealthy people advising the government on its next steps, would also help alleviate impacts of the lockdown and establish a "new normal" once the last curbs are eased as the Covid-19 threat diminishes further.

The department has joined the Thai Chamber of Commerce in launching the "Thai.care" website where businesses can apply for a QR code to certify they comply with safety requirements.

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