Maya Bay in Thailand, open to tourists
Maya Bay, Phi Phi Leh Island, Thailand, which became famous in the 2000 movie "The Beach" starring Leonardo DiCaprio. After the movie was released, a large number of tourists came to Maya Bay.
On the other hand, there are concerns about the environmental destruction of Maya Bay due to the increase in tourists, and in 2018 the Thai government decided not to open Maya Bay to tourists, and tourists were banned from entering.
Three years have passed since Maya Bay was closed, and the Thai government regards that the environment in Maya Bay has improved and they has determined allow tourists to enter Maya Bay.
According to Governor Utasak Spason of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, "Maya Bay is clear again, sharks are returning, and coral reefs are growing again."
It is expected that many tourists will visit Thailand in 2022 and enjoy beautiful Thailand including Maya Bay.
Bangkok alerts to air pollution for 7 days after New Year
Thai Pollution Control Department cautioned that air pollution could worsen in the area around Bangkok from January 4th to 10th, 2022.
During the year-end and New Year holidays, the traffic was light and the air pollution was calm due to the suspension of the factory operation, but on January 4th, the traffic volume increased due to the beginning of work, and the factory operation started. In addition, the expected weather is less windy, which can exacerbate air pollution.
Therefore, Thai Pollution Control Department called for refraining from using vehicles as much as possible and not burning garbage and weeds in order to reduce air pollution.
2022 challenge to live with COVID-19
According to an article of the Bangkok Post, Thai scientists believe that Covid-19 is unlikely to disappear completely in 2022, while they also states that the current Omicron variant is less severe than previous variants. .
Omicron variants are currently spreading worldwide, and it is estimated that at least 1.7 million people are infected with Omicron variants in the UK alone. However, it is said that the Omicron variant has a very low risk of becoming severe, as it is known by aggregating the symptoms of infected persons.
In Thailand, the Ministry of Public Health is investigating 100 Omicron-infected patients, 48% asymptomatic, 41% mildly symptomatic, and 11% currently investigating whether they have symptoms. Of the 100 infected, 34 showed mild symptoms without lung infection and only 7 had lung infection, but no life support machine was needed.
The main symptoms seen in 41 mildly ill patients are cough (54%), sore throat (37%), fever (29%), myalgia (15%), runny nose (12%), headache, etc. (10) %), Dyspnea (5%), Loss of smell (2%).
Dr. Anan Jongkaewwattana, director of the Veterinary Health Innovation and Management Research Group at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotech, Thailand, said that there is a risk of simultaneous infection with both delta and omicron variants and it maight be necessary to get a vaccine that works for both the Delta and Omicron variants. He adds that if the virus inevitably variants and the virus only modifies protein spikes, the symptoms are no longer dangerous.
Dr. Chakkarat Pittayawong-anont, director of the Department of Epidemiology at the Department of Disease Control (DDC), said 70% of the population has already been vaccinated and the Omicron variants have not created a significant condition. He also expressed concern about people who have not yet been vaccinated, saying that many vaccinated people appear to be stable. Unvaccinated groups are at increased risk of getting sick. However, he also states that the appearance of the Omicron variant may be a good opportunity to encourage unvaccinated individuals to be vaccinated.
Thailand, 290,000 people arrived in December 2021. Approximately 240,000 entered Thailand without quarantine.
According to data released by the Thai Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), 290,617 people entered Thailand by air in December 2021 (240,552 without quarantine). In November, there were 133,061 people (106,211 people without quarantine), which is more than doubled.
Top 10 by departure point in December
1. Germany (26,223 people)
2. United Kingdom (19,793)
3. Russia (17,893 people)
4. America (12,075 people)
5. Singapore (10,907 people)
6. Sweden (10,488 people)
7. France (10,451 people)
8. UAE (8,569 people)
9. South Korea (7,296 people),
10. Australia (7,057 people)
Since December 22, 2021, Thailand has stopped accepting new registrations for Test & Go, which allows to enter Thailand without quarantine, but only travelers who have applied for a Thailand Pass before the suspension measures have been allowed to enter Kingdom without quarantine.
The suspension of new applications for Thailand Pass is until January 4th for the time being, but let's keep an eye on future trends.