Bangkok is expected to welcome international tourists next month

Thailand plans to open Bangkok and other places to foreign tourists next month, when the number of new nCoV cases may have peaked.

Government Spokesperson Thailand Thanakorn Wangboonkongchan on September 9 said the capital Bangkok along with Hua Hin, Pattaya and Chiang Mai will be part of the reopening program for tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and committed to a series of tests. according to certain criteria.

However, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn stressed that Bangkok will only partially reopen, starting with areas popular with tourists, adding that they aim to reach one million visitors to Thailand. in this year. This number in 2019 was nearly 40 million.

Thailand on September 9 recorded 16,031 new nCoV infections and 220 deaths, bringing the total number of infections and deaths to 1,338,550 and 13,731 respectively, amid signs that the number of new infections has increased. body has peaked. However, vaccination could be an obstacle to reopening, as only 34% of Bangkok’s population is fully immunized and 15% nationally.

People are vaccinated against Covid-19 at a vaccination site set up in a bus in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 8.  Photo: AFP.

People are vaccinated against Covid-19 at a vaccination site set up in a bus in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 8. Photo: AFP.

Globally, 223,928,092 nCoV infections and 4,617,444 deaths have been recorded, an increase of 669,633 and 9,643, respectively, while 200,339,110 cases have recovered, according to real-time statistics site Worldometers.

In Southeast Asia, Singapore will also ease movement restrictions for migrant workers living in dormitories from next week, more than a year after the severe Covid-19 outbreak in these dormitories.

The announcement comes as more than 90% of workers living in dormitories are fully vaccinated, higher than the national rate of 81%. “By adopting a layered strategy to test, detect and prevent the spread of Covid-19, we are now better prepared to respond to any outbreak from dormitories.” Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower said.

Singapore on September 9 reported 450 new nCoV infections in the community, the highest number since August 2020 and more than double the number of new infections a week ago. The total number of infections and deaths from Covid-19 in Singapore is currently 70,039 and 57 respectively. Most of the restrictions have been lifted, as the country is in the process of reopening in phases.

The most worrying country in the region right now is Philippines, with a total of 2,161,892 and 34,733 infections and deaths from Covid-19 respectively. The country’s daily infection rate is the second highest in Southeast Asia, after Malaysia.

The Philippines’ fourth outbreak of the Delta variant seems to show no signs of slowing down. As of September 8, the average daily number of infections has reached nearly 19,000. With only 14% of the population fully vaccinated, the Philippines is said to be unlikely to get vaccinated before the health system is overwhelmed.

America, the world’s largest epidemic area, reported 41,529,522 infections and 673,016 deaths from nCoV, an increase of 129,299 and 1,721 cases respectively compared to a day earlier.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on September 9 that current infection rates make a partial return to normal life impossible. “Given the size of our country, it’s impossible to get around 100,000 infections a day. The number has to drop below 10,000 before people start to feel comfortable,” Fauchi said.

On the same day, the White House announced that the administration of President Joe Biden would require companies with 100 or more employees to vaccinate all workers, or conduct weekly nCoV tests, in a new effort to curb the spread of the virus. prevent the spread of Delta mutations. The measure is expected to affect about 80 million people.

Japan on September 9 decided to extend emergency restrictive measures in Tokyo and other areas until the end of this month. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said this was necessary to strengthen the health system, which is still strained by serious cases, although the number of new infections is decreasing and the vaccination campaign is improving.

“The vaccinations for all aspirants should be completed in October or November. From there, we can relax restrictions, using vaccination certificates or test results.” , Suga said.

Luster (Follow Reuters, Guardian, AFP)

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