The Thai government announced that they will soon launch a COVID-19 contact-tracing app as part of its latest efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the government will regularly organize virus testing for six risk groups, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Sunday (May 10).
Several countries like China, South Korea, and other countries have introduced contact-tracing applications as part of their efforts to slow the spread of the virus.
“We intend to monitor those who have had contact with the virus and aim to bring only such patients for treatment,” he said. He was responding to concerns over privacy. He also urged people to download the app which is expected to be announced later on Sunday(May 10).
The new approach to deal with the virus has currently shifted from location targeting to the testing of high-risk groups. The regular test will target six at-risk groups such as medical personnel, newly suspected persons or those in state quarantine, car drivers in public transport, parcel deliverers, immigrant workers, and those working in pubs, bars or other entertainment venues.
As of Sunday (May 10), there were 5 new cases, bringing the total to 3,009. 159 remain under treatment in hospitals, fatalities remain at 56 and the rest have recovered.
Thailand has maintained new cases in single digits for several days.