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Thai PM orders ministry to prepare for possible post-Songkran COVID surge

THE STAR – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has ordered the Public Health Ministry and other relevant agencies to prepare for possible post-Songkran COVID-19 clusters as people return from the Songkran holidays, government spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said.

Among others, the ministry and other related agencies had been urged to dedicate more beds and community isolation centres.

“The public is urged to monitor their health for up to seven to 10 days after returning from the Songkran holidays.

“Should symptoms, such as fever, running nose, or coughing develop they must immediately seek medical advice, and undergo a test,” Thanakorn said in a statement to the media.

He said the National Health Security Office (NHSO) has already increased available lines for the 1330 COVID-19 hotline to meet surging demand for help after Songkran.

The 1330 hotline will help handle COVID-19 patients’ requests and enquiries as well as coordinate the registration process for home and community isolation and provide transport to hospitals depending on their symptoms.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha. PHOTO: AFP
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