Thermoscanners set to be retired as cases continue to drop

Thermoscanners set to be retired as cases continue to drop

The Ministry of Public Health will call on the CCSA to back removing thermoscans at airports and in public places due to the declining Covid-19 case rate.

Rungrueng Kitphati, chairman of the Ministry of Public Health's Intelligence Unit, said as cases are falling every day and thermoscans cannot detect patients with mild symptoms or who are taking pills for fever, the unit would like to ask the CCSA to take away the devices.

Dr Rungrueng said thermoscans give highly inaccurate or even incorrect results and there is little to no academic evidence proving their efficacy, so it would make sense to pursue a policy of their removal, just as the UK, Singapore, the US and Canada have done.

"Taking temperatures in airports can affect other security measures and cause inconvenience among travellers. Getting booster doses, wearing masks, sanitising hands and social distancing is more important for people," he said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, meanwhile, has just been boosted with a sixth dose following two of Sinovac, two of AstraZeneca and one shot of Pfizer. He said this was to maintain his safety because he meets a lot of people, said his Facebook page.

He said he also wanted to show the efficiency and safety of the vaccine, as he insisted that getting the vaccine is key to protecting against serious illnesses and death from Covid-19.

It was also reported that Dr Suchatvee Suwansawat, another Bangkok governor candidate from the Democrat Party, announced that he was infected with Covid-19, but his condition was mild.

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