Thailand marks 100 days free from local COVID-19 infection
Thailand’s Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Wednesday that the country has made the 100-day mark free from local transmission of COVID-19, however the economy has been hit hard by the pandemic, as Thailand relies heavily on tourism and exports.
Thailand hasn’t recorded any community transmission since May 26, said the CCSA.
The CCSA attributed the success in stemming the COVID-19 spread with strict measures such as strictly-policed borders that have been closed to foreigners for months.
However with the skies shut and borders sealed, the Thai economy had since March been suffering with the lack of cash flows from the tourism industry.
The Thai government has in principle agreed to open to tourists again ahead of the northern hemisphere winter, and is in the midst of planning to grant a maximum stay of nine months for long-stay tourists in the popular resort island of Phuket.