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Third phase of easing considered if no new Covid-19 cases in 15 days

The government is planning announce the third phase of easing restrictions if the number of new Covid-19 cases does not rise within the next two weeks, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Wednesday (May 20).

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said the total number of Covid-19 cases had risen by one to 3,034 and that there had been no Covid-19 related deaths over a 24-hour period.

Anutin believes that once businesses resume operation, people will adapt to the new normal such as maintaining social distancing, wearing face masks and washing hands frequently.

“Thailand’s situation has improved as can be seen from the number of infections and those who have fully recovered,” he said. “The ministry has earmarked more than Bt5 billion for the development of a vaccine and we have already stockpiled antiviral drugs.”

The minister said it was good that Songklanagarind Hospital was successful in treating Covid-19 patients with blood plasma until they fully recovered.

“However, further study is required because the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute has tried to use this treatment and failed,” he said.

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