Health official says Covid will become endemic

Health official says Covid will become endemic

Health permanent secretary Dr Kiatiphum Wongrajit (Photo: Public Health Ministry)
Health permanent secretary Dr Kiatiphum Wongrajit (Photo: Public Health Ministry)

Public health permanent secretary Kiatiphum Wongrajit predicted that because of the loosening of restrictions on businesses and activities, the number of Covid-19 infections is unlikely to fall below 10,000 and the disease will become endemic.

Dr Kiatiphum said on Tuesday that the rate of daily coronavirus infections would gradually decrease but is likely to stay around 10,000 and will definitely not fall to zero. 

He believed the Covid-19 disease would soon become endemic in areas where patients developed no severe symptoms and many were vaccinated, such as Bangkok and Phuket.

Dr Kiatiphum said the hospital bed shortage problem has gradually improved. However, people should not be careless and should wear face masks, regularly wash hands and observe social disancing, he added.


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