Covid-19 stays in second phase, says Wissanu

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Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Monday (March 16) that the Covid -19 outbreak in Thailand remained in the second phase.

The third phase, he said, would mean that authorities are unable to trace sources of the infections and the disease has spread to various provinces. Up to now , most of the confirmed cases were in Bangkok but the Covid-19 prevention committee is preparing for a wider spread of the virus.

He said the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha  had ordered all state, military and private hospitals to be prepared and make contact with retired doctors and nurses to volunteer their service should the situation worsen.

The PM has also approved a special reward for the medical team fighting the Covid-19 epidemic.

In regard to face mask and hand sanitiser, domestic production of the masks has increased to 2 million pieces per day, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said some countries had agreed to supply medical kits to Thailand.

Face mask that have been seized by custom officials and police will be distributed to people in need but the culprits will still be punished .

Thai officials and students residing abroad will be monitored and supported by embassies in their countries, the premier said.

All travellers from high-risk areas must present medical certification released less than 3 days before their arrivals as well as health insurance documents.