Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the parliament that the government had to borrow 500 billion baht to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak and stimulate the economy. He also promised to spend the borrowings carefully and acquire enough COVID-19 vaccines.
The Public Health Ministry said that the new variant of COVID-19 known as C.36.3 that was detected in Britain was not a Thai variant of the virus.
Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, denied there was a Thai variant of COVID-19.
Thailand on Thursday reported 47 new Covid-19 deaths over the past 24 hours, a new daily record and 3,323 new infections.
COVID-19 vaccination began at the Bang Sue Grand Station for registrants in the transport sector who showed up in the morning for inoculation.
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Chulalongkorn University will have volunteers use sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19 cases among bed-ridden people in communities.
The biggest cluster of inmates with COVID-19 is at the Chang Mai Central Prison in the northern province where as many as 3,929 inmates had the disease.
Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha opened a large field hospital named Busarakham to treat COVID-19 patients.
The Bank of Thailand issued the third phase of its aid for small debtors in trouble with COVID-19.
The Corrections Department sealed off all areas in the Bangkok Remand Prison and applied video conferences for detention procedures.
Thailand logged nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases comprising 2,052 general people and 2,835 infected inmates.
Thailand reported 10 new Covid-19 deaths and 1,871 new cases.