Thailand to implement new model to stem COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-17 00:07:41|Editor: huaxia

BANGKOK, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Ministry of Public Health said on Friday that it will be implementing the Swiss cheese model to stem the spread of COVID-19.

According to Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director general of the ministry's Department of Disease Control, the Swiss Cheese Model refers to the seven slices of Swiss cheese.

The Swiss cheese model uses slices of cheese to visualize how interventions work together, Suwannachai told a daily press conference.

He explained that each intervention, including physical distancing, mask-wearing, hand washing and disinfecting, is depicted as an imperfect barrier to virus transmission due to their weaknesses just as cheese slices with holes.

The interventions are combined like a stack of Swiss cheese slices, and just like some of the holes in the cheese are covered, virus transmission is decreased or even stopped, he explained.

"Although the COVID-19 situation in Thailand is improving and better than those in other countries, people must comply strictly with the guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health," Suwannachai said.

Thailand on Friday reported four new COVID-19 cases, all imported, from Nigeria, Britain, Ethiopia and Singapore.

The total COVID-19 cases rose to 3,669, while death toll remained at 59. Enditem