Thailand should shut down for 21 days, says infectious disease expert


  • Thailand
  • Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020

Dr Teerawat Hemajutha. - The Nation/ANN

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): The doctor in charge of Chulalongkorn University’s Information Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases believes all public activity in Thailand should be shut down for 21 days to halt the spread of Covid-19.

Dr Teerawat Hemajutha posted on Facebook that merely closing specific venues and barring public events will have little effect because people continue to behave as usual, going to their workplaces and using public transportation.

Even though the number of daily confirmations of new infections has slowed, a large-scale outbreak is still possible, he said, and hospitals could be overwhelmed because personnel and equipment would likely prove insufficient.

Even bringing the country to a standstill would not be the final measure, Teerawat said. Still more would be needed.

He cited as an example the Chinese government enforcing a regulation requiring individuals to maintain a certain distance among themselves and carefully monitoring groups that had a high potential of becoming infected. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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