Tourist staff prepare chairs on the beach in Bali, Indonesia, September 14 – Photo: REUTERS
Indonesia plans to open its doors to foreign tourists from November, after 70% of the country’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In an interview with Reuters news agency on September 14, Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said he was applying the British strategy, which prioritizes one dose of vaccine and reduces hospitalization and death rates. death.
“We’re focused on the first shot. If we can get at least one dose of vaccination for 70% of the population of 208 million people, or 140-150 million, we can gradually reopen,” Mr. Budi said. – According to calculations, we will achieve this goal in November this year.”
Mr. Budi also said that when 70% of the population gets 2 doses, the border will be opened even more.
According to the data of the site Our World in Data, As of September 13, 27.3% of the Indonesian population had received 1 dose of vaccine and 15.6% of the population had received 2 doses.
According to Reuters, this is the first time that a senior Indonesian official has announced a tentative timeline for border opening. Currently, only foreign nationals with diplomatic and working visas are allowed to enter Indonesia.
To date, Indonesia has recorded more than 4.1 million cases and 139,000 deaths from COVID-19. The rate of positive tests is declining, from 31% at the end of July to 2% on September 14.
The distance measures applied from the beginning of July have now been relaxed. Shopping centers, restaurants, cinemas and factories are back to work with limited capacity, with safety conditions.
Cambodia has planned to vaccinate children, coming from 6 to 12 years old – Photo: KHMERTIMES
According to the newspaper KhmerTimesCambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is currently the city with the highest rate of COVID-19 vaccination in Southeast Asia.
This allows the Ministry of Tourism and related agencies to plan to reopen borders to international travelers with full doses of vaccination by November this year.
Cambodia is also considering reducing or completely eliminating the 14-day quarantine policy, removing the certificate of negative test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before entry and removing the COVID-19 test at Phnom Penh airport. Penh.
Cambodia is the second most vaccinated country in Southeast Asia after Singapore, having given at least one dose to more than 70% of its 16.5 million population. People in Phnom Penh are fully vaccinated and are receiving a third booster dose.
As of September 17, Cambodia began to vaccinate 1.9 million children aged 6 to 12. The next goal is to vaccinate children from 3 to 6 years old.
Cambodia is expected to achieve herd immunity when 75% of the population is fully vaccinated this September.
Since the outbreak, Cambodia has recorded more than 100,000 cases and more than 2,000 deaths from COVID-19.
Father and children study remotely on the outskirts of Manila, Philippines – Photo: AFP
According to AFP news agency, from September 16, the Philippines will relax epidemic prevention restrictions in the capital Manila area, in order to balance epidemic prevention and maintain the economy.
Restaurants, beauty shops or churches will reopen at low capacity. If this pilot model is successful, the government will apply it nationwide.
According to Reuters, the Manila metropolitan area consists of 16 cities with 13 million people. This is the epicenter of the country’s epidemic, accounting for one-third of all cases and one death in every four cases. Authorities say three-fifths of the population in the area are fully vaccinated.
A change in COVID-19 strategy could pave the way for the opening of schools and recreational facilities in low-risk areas.
From September 16, people who have had the full dose will be able to eat and drink in the restaurant in small groups. Other services are open at 30% capacity.
People in Bangkok wait in line for vaccination at a mobile injection point by bus – Photo: REUTERS
On September 14, Thailand said the capital Bangkok and the provinces of Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chiang Mai will reopen to tourists from October 1. An additional 21 provinces will open from October 15.
Particularly, the plan to fully open the country will be moved to early 2022 to have better preparation time.
Since the beginning of September, Thailand has eased epidemic prevention measures, allowing some businesses to resume operations despite the high number of COVID-19 cases. On the morning of September 15, Thailand recorded 13,798 cases and 144 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn on September 14 acknowledged that the high number of new cases of COVID-19 is hindering the reopening, but the ministry has made adequate preparations.
Mr. Natthawut Phetpromsorn, deputy governor of Phetchaburi province, said the province has prepared well and visitors can enjoy a safe holiday.