Govt considers easing Covid restrictions

The government will lower the Covid-19 alert level and is considering easing more restrictions to boost the economy due to a slower infection rate.

Govt considers easing Covid restrictions
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Govt considers easing Covid restrictions

published : 19 Jan 2022 at 09:10

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Reuters and online reporters

Two boats pass each other on the Chao Phraya River in front of the Bangkok skyline on Monday. (AFP photo)

The government will lower the Covid-19 alert level and is considering easing more restrictions to boost the economy due to a slower infection rate.

Among measures being considered are establishing more "sandbox" areas for tourists, who can skip quarantine if they stay in specified areas for seven days and take two Covid-19 tests.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said new sandbox areas could include Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Khon Kaen and Samut Prakan provinces.

The scheme currently operates in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Koh Samui.

Mr Anutin added that the 'Test and Go' scheme that allows free movement to tourists who pass one Covid test on arrival could be revived as soon as February.

He said that since the number of coronavirus-related deaths and severe illnesses was in decline and the outbreak should soon be under control, the Covid-19 alert level will be lowered to 3, from 4, on the government's 5-level system.

However, he said, nightclubs, pubs and bars will remained closed for now.

The country has recorded 2.3 million cases of Covid-19 and almost 22,000 deaths overall. Nearly two-thirds of residents are vaccinated and 13.5% have received boosters.

Vocabulary

  • alert: a warning to people to be prepared to deal with something dangerous - การเตือนให้ระวัง
  • booster (noun): something that gives extra strength - สิ่งที่เพิ่มกำลังหรือความแข็งแรง
  • consider: to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา
  • decline: becoming less - การลดลง
  • for now: for the time being; for the present time, but probably not for a long time - พลาง
  • measures (noun): actions taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ
  • restriction: a rule, action or situation that limits or controls someone or something - การจำกัด, การควบคุม
  • revive: to come or bring something back to existence or use - ฟื้นฟู, ทำให้เกิดขึ้นอีก
  • scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ
  • skip: to not do something that you usually do or that you should do; to avoid - ไม่เข้าร่วม, ขาด
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