COVID relief bags, funded by donated ministers’ salaries, being distributed to 6,800 people
COVID-19 relief bags, funded by the donated salaries of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, other cabinet ministers and the Government Spokesperson’s team, plus additional donations from the private and public sectors, are being distributed to 6,800 affected people in vulnerable groups, said Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri today (Monday).
Each bag contains basic consumables, such as rice, dried food, alcohol gel, hygienic masks and green chiretta herbal medicine. 5,000 such bags were given to vulnerable people 50 areas between August 4th and 19th. Additional relief bags will be distributed to the remaining 1,800 people.
According to the Government’s Spokesperson, the bank account “Office of Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office for Donation to Relieve Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19)” has been opened to receive donations to assist medical and other related personnel, people in vulnerable groups, those in the “dark-red” provinces and other people across the country who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Thailand reported 17,491 new COVID-19 cases and 242 more deaths today, fewer new infections than in the past week, bringing the number of cases in the current wave, since April this year, to 1,037,923. Total infections passed the one-million mark last Friday, while over 195,000 people are still being treated for their infections, with many having entered home and community isolation.