Health Ministry Braces for COVID-19 Surge After Songkran

Thailand Health Ministry Braces for COVID-19 Surge After Songkran Festivities

Thailand's Ministry of Public Health is bracing for a surge in COVID-19 cases following the Songkran Water Festival held last week from April 13-15.

Health officials have been assigned to maintain readiness in anticipation of new COVID-19 clusters, as per government spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana via the National News Bureau of Thailand today. Meanwhile, the National Health Security Office (NHSO) has expanded the capacity of its hotline so it can serve more callers who would need assistance in COVID-19 care.

The office has also recommended the public to observe their health for symptoms, which can include high fever, cough, and runny nose, for seven to 10 days. Those experiencing symptoms are advised to take a rapid antigen test and must provide their doctors with their travel history over the holiday.

Thailand reported 17,775 new COVID-19 cases on April 17, with 128 deaths. Of this figure, 82 are from abroad, whereas 17,693 are local transmission.

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