Thai Covid Center’s general in charge of day to day operations says no national Covid-19 lockdown after New Year

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The National Security Council Secretary-General, who also heads the Center for Covid-19 Situation Center’s “Small Panel” that runs daily operations and advises all restrictions and Covid-19 response measures, said earlier today that there will be NO national lockdown no matter how the Covid -19 situation will be after New Year.

The National Security Council Secretary-General Supot Malaniyom said today (December 31st). “We are preparing very hard to handle the Covid -19 pandemic after the New Year festival. Many people are going back to their hometowns and travelling.”

“We are requesting businesses and government offices to work from home if they can and do ATK (Rapid antigen) test when they come back to work.” Supot continued.

“If there are more Covid-19 confirmed cases found after this New Year festival, we don’t need a national lockdown. However it is possible to do some “small-scale” lockdowns for villages, sub-districts or districts if their local authorities wish to handle the Covid-19 pandemic in all areas.” Supot concluded.

His statements come as concerns, rumors, and speculation rise on social media about people concerned about potential restrictions or business shutdowns in response to the rising number of cases of the “Omicron” Covid-19 variant.

Although his statement rules out a national lockdown, it doesn’t rule out regional or provincial measures, TPN media notes.

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