The Thai Government’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has rejected claims that the recent sharp decrease in official new coronavirus cases is down to fewer tests being conducted.
New covid-19 cases have decreased sharply over the last few days since April 8th when there were 111 new cases recorded.
This has led many to speculate that the official figures are inaccurate or incomplete with many citing a lack of testing as a reason for such low numbers.
However, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the CCSA has insisted that the lower numbers are not down to a lesser number of tests and that health authorities are working to increase the test numbers daily.
He said that more than 100,000 tests for the coronavirus have been administered between February and April 10th using the RT-PCR method.
He also mentioned that testing capacity for eligible residents has expanded to cover a range of people in response to the situation.
However, doubts remain among the public. One particular incident that has raised doubts is the case of the Bangkok bus driver who dies from covid-19 and was included in the figures for April 14th.
Dr. Visanuyothin said that the BTMA did not try to cover up the information relating to the death including the face the deceased had tested positive many days earlier.
He said the BTMA notified health authorities as per the protocol who have been tracing the 20 persons in close contact with the deceased.
He also said that passengers who rode the 140 bus in Bangkok can receive an examination if they display symptoms of covid-19.
However, as long as there is doubt among the public regarding the transparency of information provided by the Thai Government and other authorities, many will not believe the data they are bring given.
Source: NNT | Photo: NNT