Thailand logs 8,129 Covid-19 cases on Thursday (Jan 20); govt to resume quarantine-free entry for vaccinated visitors from February

  • Thailand
  • Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

BANGKOK, Jan 20 (The Nation/ANN): Thailand's Ministry of Public Health reported on Thursday that in the past 24 hours there are 8,129 new patients who tested positive for Covid-19, 214 of whom have arrived in Thailand from abroad.

Death toll increased by 19, while 6,978 patients were cured and allowed to leave hospitals.

The country’s total caseload from Covid-19 stands at 2,353,062 – 2,248,341 of whom have recovered, 82,734 are still in hospitals and 21,987 have died.

Separately, another 43,455 people were given their first Covid-19 shot in the last 24 hours, 101,021 their second shot and 344,979 a booster, bringing the total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered nationwide to 110,799,936.

According to Worldometer, confirmed cases globally had risen to 339.49 million on Thursday, 273.2 million of whom have recovered, 60.71 million are active cases (96,807 in severe condition) and 5.58 million have died (up by 8,808).

Thailand ranks 26th in the global list of most cases, which is topped by the US with 69.78 million, followed by India with 38.22 million, Brazil with 23.42 million, the UK with 15.51 million and France with 15.18 million.

Meanwhile, Thailand will resume its quarantine-free travel scheme for fully-vaccinated inbound visitors from next month, the country's COVID-19 task force announced Thursday, reports Xinhua.

The Test & Go quarantine exemption scheme was suspended from Dec. 22 only after seven weeks of its launch due to the fast spreading of COVID-19 linked to Omicron variant.

Beginning Feb. 1, fully-vaccinated visitors could be able to enter without quarantine requirements as long as they take RT-PCR tests on the first and fifth days of their arrival in Thailand, Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said at a news briefing.

Visitors should wait for their test results at their booked hotels and agree to download an app tracking their whereabouts, according to Taweesin.

He said the infections in Thailand are considered to be at a manageable level, and expected to be stabilizing and going into a declining trend.

The move came amid the government's efforts to revive the tourism sector and boost economic recovery.

In a further relaxation of restrictive measures, the government allows restaurants to serve alcohol until 11:00 p.m., extending two hours from previous requirement. However, bars and nightclubs will remain closed.

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