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COVID-19

Thailand's COVID-19 Situation

26 Jul 2021, 10:55 AM (GMT)

COVID-19 in Thailand

512,678 Total Cases
4,146 Deaths
341,475 Recovered
(Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/)

Important Announcements

Tourism Ministry admonished the hope that international arrivals would resume in Q1 of 2021 and expects Thailand to face a long period of ‘drought’ in international tourism. Given the recurrence of pandemic outbreak, there is currently no demand from tourists to visit Thailand. Tourism may restart after international flights resume, possibly in April, with mass vaccination anticipated to begin in the middle of next year. Tourism Ministry expects to receive 10 million international arrivals in 2021. Source: Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand (BOT) has slashed Thailand’s 2021 GDP growth projection to 3.2 percent from the original forecast of 3.6 percent because of the new pandemic outbreak. Foreign tourist arrival in 2021 is anticipated at 5.5 million, down from the earlier projection of 9 million. Vaccination coverage in Thailand is expected to reach 20 percent in Q4 of 2021 and The Thai population would achieve herd immunity in Q2 of 2022, with 60-70 percent of vaccination coverage. Under this scenario, Thailand would re-open to foreign tourists from the second half of 2021. Source: Bangkok Post

Kasikorn Research Institute estimates that the new wave of COVID resurgence would cost the economy 45 billion THB within one month timeframe. The economic effects consists of 13 billion from seafood businesses; 15 billion from the hesitant in celebrating and spending over the New Year period; 17 billion from the travel cancel. The economic think tank also said that the pandemic might have uncalculated effects on smaller vendors in markets as people try to avoid passing through the area with confirmed cases.—Thai Rath