Thailand : Authorities approve new guidelines to declare Coronavirus pandemic as an endemic disease
Thai health authorities approved new guidelines outlining the parameters for declaring the coronavirus pandemic an endemic disease. Official figures show that the country already meets the three criteria, but Ministry of Public Health spokesman Rungrueng Kitphati said it would still be between six months and a year before the government would be able to make the decision to start treating Covid19 as an illness that is here to stay, like the flu or measles.
The guidelines drawn up by the ministry’s National Communicable Disease Committee are made up of three criteria: that there are fewer than 10,000 new cases per day; that the fatality rate is no higher than 0.1% of those who are admitted to the hospital with an infection; and that more than 80% of at-risk people have had at least two vaccinations.
Thailand has administered nearly 114 billion doses of the Covid19 vaccine. It has jabbed nearly 70% of the total population with two doses while 20 percent received the third dose, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said. These, he said, should be enough for the people to fight the milder form of the variants.