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Contagion raging because employees not sent home: health chief

Apr 01. 2020
Dr Thanarak Palipat
Dr Thanarak Palipat
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By The Nation

Public health authorities have warned that the directive to work from home is being ignored by people and employers, pushing up the daily count of Covid-19 infections.

The number of cases will continue to rise unless 70-80 per cent of government organisations and private companies comply with the measure, authorities say.

Dr Thanarak Palipat, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the anti-virus measures launched so far would remain ineffective without full collaboration from the public.

He said that the work-from-home directive was crucial to reduce the spread of Covid-19, now that the rate of new cases had risen above 100 per day.

The department has targeted a reduction to 10 new cases per day before the disease can be brought under control at a daily rate of 1-2 new infections.

“The roads are still jammed and car parks are still full, which shows people are still leaving their homes as usual,” Thanarak said. “This means that both government organisations and private companies are not complying with the work-from-home measure, which is a very unsatisfactory state of affairs.”

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