The Ministry of Public Health reported that, in the overall picture, the COVID-19 situation in Thailand is improving and that many provinces have been able to effectively contain the spread of the disease.
According to the ministry, infections in Samut Sakhon and Bangkok are starting to slow down. Even so, emphasis is still placed on continuing active case finding among the people with a high risk of contracting the virus. Strict measures against the disease remain in place in infection-risk areas.
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that Thailand had managed to effectively control COVID-19 infections since the beginning of transmission. It has been ranked fourth by the Australian-based Lowy Institute out of 98 countries worldwide for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thailand scored 84.2 in a poll conducted by the Lowy Institute. New Zealand came first, at 94.4, followed by Vietnam, at 90.8, and Taiwan, at 86.4. Cyprus came fifth, with 83.3 points.
Mr. Anutin said that the assessment made by the Lowy Institute was based on six indicators, namely confirmed cases, confirmed deaths, confirmed cases per million people, confirmed deaths per million people, confirmed cases as a proportion of tests, and tests per 1,000 people.
In a survey conducted by the Numbeo website, he said, Thailand ranks first among Asian countries, with the best management in controlling the COVID-19 outbreak. It takes eighth place in the world in terms of the best public health system in 2021.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed that Thailand would receive COVID-19 vaccines, as scheduled. At the end of February 2021, 200,000 doses will be delivered to the Government. In March, 800,000 doses will arrive and one million doses will come in April. Priority will be given to the most vulnerable groups.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department