BANGKOK, May 5 (TNA) – Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he would propose the government end the Thailand Pass registration initially for Thai returnees before expanding the policy to foreign visitors.
He said that the fatality rate among COVID-19 cases was falling, the bed occupancy rate among them was only at about 20%, there were enough medicines to treat COVID-19 patients and the infection rate among arrivals was at 0.001%.
If the COVID-19 situation remained such controllable, control measures would be relaxed towards the redefinition of COVID-19 as an endemic disease, Mr Anutin said.
He confirmed that an end to the compulsory Thailand Pass registration for arrivals could start with Thai returnees and then apply to foreign visitors.
After COVID-19 became endemic, the government would no longer have to maintain the state of emergency to facilitate its control of COVID-19, said Mr Anutin who is also a deputy prime minister. (TNA)