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China/Hong Kong/Taiwan represent least Covid threat as Thailand prepares to drop quarantine to 10 days

 

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Thai media Bangkok Biz News reported that the Thai health ministry would propose to the CCSA (covid committee) this week that state quarantine be reduced from 14 days to 10 days for low risk countries. 

 

That is bound to mean China, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as Australia and New Zealand.

 

Dr Kiatphoom Wongrajit went further saying that if after one month of the new measures it had proved successful then the quarantine could become even shorter and be different for each country based on how well they were dealing with the pandemic. 

 

For example the worst of the low risk countries could be 14 days and the best could be just seven days, he said. 

 

He noted that China represented extremely low risk.

 

This was borne out in figures revealed by Dr Sophon Iamsirithaworn of the infectious disease department. 

 

These concerned people who had returned to Thailand since April until October 15th.

 

There had been 116,219 arrivals and after tests 728 had been found with the virus in quarantine. 

 

This was 0.63% or roughly one in every 200 arrivals. 

 

The highest percentage of people that had the virus came from Kuwait 17.75% out of 293 people, South Sudan 14.87%, Saudi Arabia 7.94%, Sudan 5% and Pakistan 4.72%.

 

Out of 2,426 arrivals from China only ONE person had tested positive or 0.04%. The same percentage was given for Taiwan where 5581 had arrived and only 2 had the virus. Nine had tested positive from Hong Kong or 0.48% of the arrivals. 

 

The top five was rounded out by Australia at 0.1% and New Zealand where out of 827 people not a single person had had the viirus. 

 

Soure: Bangkok Biz News

 

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Next questions: once 10 days is approved how long before ASQ quarantine is reduced to 10/11 days, and will the ASQ rates reduce to 10/15 of current rates?  

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1 hour ago, scorecard said:

Next questions: once 10 days is approved how long before ASQ quarantine is reduced to 10/11 days, and will the ASQ rates reduce to 10/15 of current rates?  

One would hope so but who knows.

 

Aside fro cost, a shorter quarantine period should also enable ASQ facilities to accomodate more people.

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1 hour ago, lujanit said:

I'm not sure how the figures from Australia came from as there is a total travel ban in place and has been for some months now.  The only way Australians can travel overseas is to get an exception and they are like hen's teeth.

 

They may be including Thai returnees. i fact from the total and the high rates of infection in people coming form some countries, I think they must be.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

One would hope so but who knows.

 

Aside fro cost, a shorter quarantine period should also enable ASQ facilities to accomodate more people.

As a further aside, TV news reports in Australia this morning included detailed comments from the Health minister saying planning well advanced in regard to fast manufacture of 2 vaccines in Australia (Oxford/Astera Zenica, and Queensland University vaccines) and further supplies from abroad, and planning now advanced re both distribution of the vaccines and vaccinations. All waiting of course for final success reports/approvals etc. 

 

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Next statement will say that people who wear certain amulets are less likely to have covid19. The fact that they are covid19 tested 3 days prior to travel should mean that 11 days of quarantine should be sufficient. 

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