A college dean of a prominent medical school in Thailand expressed concern over the possible resurgence of covid-19 in Thailand once lockdown protocols in the kingdom are lifted.
Through Facebook live, Dr. Prasit Watanapa, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University, warned the public about a possible second wave of the coronavirus, as lockdown measures continue to ease.
He substantiated that some countries that had previously contained the coronavirus recorded a re-emergence in their population.
The countries which recorded a second wave of the virus mostly attributed the infection spike to the easing of lockdown protocols.
China, Japan, South Korea, and Germany are examples cited by the dean as countries that recorded a second wave of covid-19.
Dr. Watanapa took to social media as Thailand is expected to lift most of its remaining lockdown measures next month.
For almost a month, Thailand has recorded zero cases for local transmissions of covid-19. The recent new cases of the coronavirus in the kingdom are attributed to those returning from other countries.
Dr. Watanapa added that a second wave is unavoidable as Thais haven’t developed herd immunity against the virus.
During his Facebook live broadcast, the doctor said:
“We want to be able to limit the number of cases and contain infections during a second wave so our healthcare workers can deal with the cases without creating a financial burden for the government. We don’t want to reimpose the lockdown and force everything to stop. The key is to win public cooperation by not lowering our guard.”
It is widely expected that bars, pubs, and entertainment venues will get the green light to reopen from July 1st.
Source: Bangkok Post