Thailand on Thursday reported no new coronavirus infections or deaths, maintaining the total of 3,125 confirmed cases and 58 fatalities.
It was the first time in nearly three weeks that no cases were reported and the 17th day without a local transmission. All recent cases have been found in quarantine among Thais returning from abroad.
There are 2,987 patients who have recovered, said Panprapa Yongtrakul, a spokeswoman for the government’s Covid-19 Administration Centre.
Thailand earlier announced it will consider a plan to reopen more businesses and establishments from as early as June 15, an official said on Wednesday, after the country has reported no local transmissions of the coronavirus in the past 16 days.
The government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration will consider the plan for the next phase of more “high risk” reopenings on Friday, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, the centre’s spokesman.
A draft of the plan currently includes schools, alcohol sales in dine-in restaurants, concerts with seating arrangements, amusement parks and playgrounds, and outdoor sports facilities, he said.
The businesses and activities could resume as early as June 15, or sometime before the end of the month, said Taweesin.
The plan does not yet include nightlife venues or “soapy massage” parlours, he said.
Since early May, Thailand has gradually lifted restrictions on businesses and activities such as shopping malls, public parks, restaurants, gyms and cinemas.