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59 “little ghosts” quarantined at Chon Buri naval base

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: - Chiang Rai Times

Fifty-nine Thais, 27 men and 32 women, phee noi (meaning “little ghosts” in Thai) who returned from South Korea last night have been detained at a naval reception facility in Chon Buri province’s Sattahip district for a 14 day quarantine, as a measure to stem the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. They were among dozens of passengers who arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on a flight from South Korea.

After an initial health screening, the 59 were taken in three buses to the naval base in Sattahip, the same location where returnees from China’s Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, were quarantined last month.

The Royal Thai Navy has prepared six buildings at the reception centre to accommodate the returnees.

59 "little ghosts" quarantined at Chon Buri naval base | News by Thaiger

PHOTO: – Jomtien

The returnees arrived at the reception centre at 1:15am this morning. After undergoing a sterilisation procedure, they were lodged in buildings 3, 4 and 5, where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine.

The facility is tightly guarded around the clock.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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