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    The Public Health Ministry plans to declare Covid-19 an endemic disease by the end of this year, using its own criteria and with or without World Health Organization confirmation.
    Health permanent secretary Kiattiphum Wongrajit announced the intention after a meeting of the ministry's National Communicable Disease Committee on Thursday.
    Dr Kiattiphum said the committee planned to declare Covid-19 endemic before the end of the year on its own academically acceptable criteria.
    The criteria were - no more than 10,000 new cases a day, the fatality rate does not exceed 0.1% and more than 80% of at-risk people have received two doses of vaccine, he said.
    The Public Health Ministry was of the view that Covid-19 had spread for over two years, trends showed the disease was under control and was now not too severe, Dr Kiattiphum said.
    "In principle, the disease could spread but is not severe. The fatality rate is acceptable. There can be waves of the disease. But importantly, people must have adequate immunity. People must be vaccinated, and treatment systems efficient.
    "After these criteria have been met for a while, this disease can be declared endemic in Thailand," he said.
    "When the situation is promising and the criteria fulfilled, the ministry will make an announcement."
    The permanent secretary for health said officials would take action to speed up the process towards the announcement, rather than waiting for the disease to naturally become endemic by itself, or for the WHO to declare it an endemic disease. Otherwise, it would take too long, he said.
    After Covid-19 was declared endemic, the government would treat patients according to their individual needs and may require everyone or only patients to wear face masks, Dr Kiattiphum said.
    At present, the National Communicable Disease Committee requires everyone to wear a face mask while in a public place. Violators can be fined up to 20,000 baht
    Detailed criteria and appropriate future measures had yet to be finalised, he said.

    Covid to be declared endemic by year's end in Thailand
    Warning: Be cautious if you are a fragile pink

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    I'm guessing Russian pre-flight PCR tests are faked or shit then. Plus the dim c u n t s rarely pay any attention to health measures by all accounts.

    The 225 imported cases were made up of 85 from Russia, 20 from Kazakhstan, 13 from France, eight from Denmark and seven each from Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia.
    Still when Thailand was peaking at 24,000 cases a day, there were 300 daily deaths.

    Now, with ~8000 cases per day, the death rate is less than a tenth of that.

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    Denmark to End Most COVID Restrictions and 'Welcome the Life We Knew Before'

    Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced on January 26 Denmark would be throwing out most of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions it placed, including mask mandates.


    Restrictions currently in place are for the public to wear masks on public transportations, in restaurants, in shops, and people entering healthcare facilities and retirement homes, according to the Associated Press. However, following the February 1 change of restrictions, masks will only be required in hospitals, healthcare facilities and homes for the elderly.


    "We say goodbye to the restrictions and welcome the life we knew before," Frederiksen said. "As of Feb. 1, Denmark will be open."

    According to Health Minister Magnus Heunicke, Denmark's recent cases of COVID were more than 46,000 daily on average; however, only 40 people are in hospital intensive care units.


    "We continue with a strong epidemic surveillance," Heunicke said according to the AP. "Then we...can react quickly if necessary."


    Despite lift of restrictions, Frederiksen warned there could be a rise in infections, which may lead to a fourth vaccination shot being necessary.

    "It may seem strange that we want to remove restrictions given the high infection rates," Frederiksen said. "But fewer people become seriously ill."


    Denmark was one of the first European counties in 2020 to close schools and send employees home due to the pandemic.

    Sweden extended their restrictions on January 20 for the next two weeks, while Austria, according to ABC News, is introducing a new mandate to take place on February 1. They have ordered bars, cafes and restaurants to close at 11 p.m., as well ad advised workers to work from home when possible, according to the AP.

    Austria's new vaccine mandate is being put into effect on February 1 due to low vaccination rates, according to ABC News. They reported that in mid-March, police will start checking vaccination statuses during routine checks. If a resident cannot produce written proof of vaccination, they face a fine of up to 600 Euros ($685). Exceptions are made for pregnant women and those who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical reasons, as well as those who recovered from the virus in the last six months.


    According to Reuters, Finland is going to begin to ease its restrictions in mid-February.

    Denmark to End Most COVID Restrictions and 'Welcome the Life We Knew Before'

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