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State of emergency and Covid-19 centre to end

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin signs off as spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday after announcing the end of the state of emergency for Covid-19 response and the dissolution of the CCSA on Oct 1.

The government will on Oct 1 lift the state of emergency imposed to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and end the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said after Friday's meeting that the centre resolved to end the state of emergency imposed since March 24, 2020, and dissolve itself, because the Covid-19 situation was improving.

"People and businesses have resumed normal activities and the Public Health Ministry is redefining   Covid-19 as a communicable disease under surveillance, instead of a dangerous communicable disease," Dr Taweesilp said.

The Public Health Ministry would redefine Covid-19 on Oct 1.

The government would continue to provide people with free Covid-19 vaccinations, Dr Taweesilp said.

An adviser to the CCSA said there were 800-1,000 new Covid-19 inpatients and 13,000-14,000 people testing anti-gen positive for the disease on an average day.

"The number of infected people whose cases are not logged would 2-3 times as many. So, there are 30,000-40,000 new Covid-19 cases a day. Most have mild symptoms," he said.

However, he advised people to keep wearing face masks unless they were outdoors.

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