The World Health Organization (WHO) has selected Thailand and New Zealand for a film documentary on their successful performance in controlling the COVID-19 outbreak. A WHO official in Thailand confirmed to the Bangkok Post on July 22 that the documentary is in production.
The National Institute of Health’s Department of Medical Science director shared the news on Facebook, where he disclosed part of the conversation while the documentary was being shot at his office.
“Question: How many labs are able to test for Covid-19 and why is it important to be able to have such a large capacity?
Answer: Director-General of Department of Medical Sciences has a policy ‘one lab, one province, one-day reporting’. Today, there are 207 laboratories in total across the country,” he wrote.
Furthermore, he stated that the confirmed cases will be isolated immediately to reduce the mortality risk. The contacts will be identified, traced and quarantined, and monitored for 14 days.
At the same time, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University, Thira Woratanarat raised his concern on Facebook that the country was at high risk of a second wave of Covid-19 due to the government’s policy to open up to foreign visitors.
Dr. Thira said, “We are now facing a higher risk of catching deadly virus infections at a time when restrictions are being unlocked. The lesson learned from abroad shows the outbreak is usually found two to six weeks after that.”
Source: Bangkok Post
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