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As Covid-19 cases rise, Thailand shuts doors on new arrivals

By The Nation

 

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In a move to control the spread of Covid-19, the government plans to further restrict arrivals to Thailand from April 2 to April 15, though the prime minister has called on the Foreign Ministry to issue a clear directive on the subject.

 

Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has told the Foreign Ministry to issue a new directive prohibiting new arrivals. However, details of the directive are yet to be announced.

 

Meanwhile, Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn, director of the Division of Communicable Disease, said the Public Health Ministry has proposed that every individual planning to travel to Thailand should first practice 14-days of self-isolation.

 

“Those wishing to visit the country are also required to register with the Thai embassy in their country. The registration has to also show their expected date of departure. They must be screened after the 14-day quarantine before being granted permission to travel,” Dr Sophon said. “This requirement applies to arrivals from all countries as more than 200 countries have been affected by Covid-19.”

 

Earlier, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had urged people living overseas to avoid coming to Thailand.

 

“The spread of Covid-19 must be stopped,” he said. “The Foreign Ministry will issue a clear directive on the issue. People who already have permission to enter Thailand, can do so under strict procedures handled by the Thai embassies.”

 

The premier also expressed concerns about Thais stranded overseas and called on people whose relatives are outside Thailand to contact the Foreign Ministry. He also called on people to avoid travelling or using public transport.

 

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Thailand has reached 1,875 with 104 new infections confirmed over a 24-hour period and three new deaths.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385275

 

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2 hours ago, cornishcarlos said:

At just 100+ a day, there is no curve to flatten, it's flat lining already !! So why the drastic measures ?? 

I think the general doesn't like governors to make their own meaningless rules, so he decided to take the reins ...

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26 minutes ago, Stargrazer9889 said:

I still cannot get over people who seem to believe official numbers of any

kind regarding the Covid 19 virus. 

The MSM could do a better job at pointing out the inconsistencies in the officially reported numbers.  Some countries are only doing limited testing. Some countries are only testing people who are hospitalized.  Some countries may be intentionally withholding data for some reason. 

 

An interesting note today on data from France on Coronavirus Worldometer site, which illustrates the problem with the reported numbers being taken at face value:

 

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Thailand is much worse than the official n7mbers show. But socoughing ope and USA. No testing for people with less high temperatures staying at home to get well. But in Thailand for now 25% of the cases are imported. A man from Kuwait with certificate travelling to Bangkok by plain and train tot the South, coughing heavily and dropped dead. How many people in the train and plain? A Brittisch man with his Thai wife coming home. And so on. So it makes sense to close all borders. We don't want another Europe here. And please for your, my and everyone's sake stay home, don't travel, wash hands and cough / sneeze in your elbow. Stay safe. 

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think curfew good idea but too modest .should be more hours such as 9pm to 6am 

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3 hours ago, Stargrazer9889 said:

I still cannot get over people who seem to believe official numbers of any

kind regarding the Covid 19 virus.  When I was in Hua Hin, I checked at 2 of the hospitals

and the women at the admission desks said, not to believe the news or

any thing the government put out.  I am glad I got back to Canada

without catching it.

Geezer

Unless you are elderly, you might already have been infected without knowing. The COVID-19 is extremely contagious, but in the vast majority of cases produces only mild symptoms, and often none at all in younger age groups.

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Does he realize that 2,000 Thais just entered Thailand down South?

Where are they going to put them for 14 days?

The Thai Embassy required form, do they get a proper test ?

I have had my temperature taken 17 time in 5 days at various places. Waste of time

Do they realize that I can still be a carrier

Agree, curfew could start at 6pm until 6 am. Lets get serious

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Our leadership, the esteemed general and his cronies, are living in the land of Narnia. Sadly these buffoons are not the ones who likely will pay the price for their idiocy. I wish for nothing but karma on them, especially Anutin.

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