The Thai Health Ministry Permanent Secretary announced on Thursday that the country raised its COVID-19 alert level from three to four due to rising infections driven by the spread of the Omicron variant.
“Thailand has entered a new wave of infections, where new cases will be rising fast,” Permanent Secretary Kiattiphum Wongrajit said.
“Level four means we may close high-risk places and announce more measures,” Kiattiphum added.
The announcement came after a sharp rise in daily infections since the beginning of the year.
On Thursday, Thailand reported 5,775 new cases, a 48% rise on the previous day and nearly double the number on January 1.
Director-General Opas Karnkawinpong of the Department of Disease Control said new cases could quickly surpass 10,000 a day, based on the rise in infections reported on Thursday morning.
Thailand has vaccinated about 73.85% of an estimated 72 million people living in the country with two doses, but earlier reports showed only 10.9% received booster shots.
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