The Ministry of Health has proposed exit strategy through a step-by-step approach as the country sees a decline in the number of new infected cases. At the same time, the Decree of Emergency Situation has been extended to end of May with relaxation for existing restrictions.
- The proposal for the exit strategy has been submitted to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for approval. The announcement from CCSA is expected to be out early next week.
- Among the prerequisites that are included in the proposal is the need for private sector to consider the risk of the businesses to be re-opened and to rethink the processes to minimise the risk
- The level of relaxation and timing will be dependent on the containment of COVID-19 in the various provinces. The nine provinces that have not reported any infected cases and the other nine provinces with no new cases for consecutively 28 days will probably be granted relaxation at highest degree and this is anticipated to take place as early as beginning of May.
- 38 provinces with no new cases for consecutively 14 days will the next group for relaxation whereas Bangkok and its surrounding vicinity, Phuket and the other provinces at the Malaysia border will be the last phase in the relaxation efforts and this will probably begin from 1 June.