A think tank set up by Thailand Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has warned the government that the country must prepare a plan for at least 12 to 18 months to deal with the impact from covid-19.
The conclusion comes from accessing data provided by the Public Health Ministry with the investigation taking into account longterm consequences for the economy, public health, and society in general.
Committee Chief, Prof Dr. Jaras Suwanwayla, informed the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) that effects from the pandemic will need to be actively managed until at least December 2021.
He urged the government to consider numerous avenues for assisting the economy and society during the recovery period including gaining cooperation from both the public and private sectors in addition to remedial government measures.
The advisory panel is in the process of drawing up a longterm plan that will be presented to the government within the next three months. The Public Health Ministry will assist in providing information to the panel with the next meeting scheduled for May 11th.
In addition to preparing for the next 18 months, Dr. Jaras also stressed the need for caution in the short-term.
He expressed concern regarding the proposal to reopen shopping malls and other larger businesses on May 17th, warning that extreme caution must be used to avoid a second breakout of the coronavirus.
Source: The Nation