Thailand’s Covid-19 response

The Ministry of Public Health, Thailand has published a book on their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The publication aims to share Thailand’s experience and to provide policy lessons to help other countries overcome the disease.  The book contains information on both the mandatory and voluntary measures that were implemented to contain the outbreak, including the cancellation of public gatherings, remote working measures, the closure of entertainment and sport venues and the public health message to “stay home, stop the virus, save the nation”. The Thai Government provided treatment free of charge to all Covid-19 patients, including those from abroad and covered diagnostic testing and treatment expenses as a means to control the spread of the virus. Travel restrictions both nationally and internationally were also enforced during the first week of April 2020. As a result, Thailand was able to flatten the Covid-19 curve with limited local transmission by early May 2020.

You can read the publication on the website of CORDS network member, the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Foundation (MBDS).