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9 returning Thais rushed to hospital with high fevers after arriving at BKK

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The deputy director of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport says 9 Thai nationals, returning from Jordan and South Korea, have been diagnosed with “high fevers” and rushed to hospital. The first 8 were part of a group of 120 who touched down on a Royal Jordanian flight yesterday afternoon.

“Preliminary screenings found that 8 passengers had high fevers and were rushed to a hospital. The rest were transported to the government’s quarantine facilities for the mandatory 14 day quarantine, except 1 person who had an arrest warrant waiting for him, who was taken into official custody.”

Meanwhile, Nation Thailand reports that another repatriated Thai national found to be running a high fever was also hospitalised after getting off a Korean Air flight last night. He was one of 200 passengers, with the remaining 199 transferred to state quarantine facilities in the capital.

To date, South Korea has recorded 13,511 Covid-19 cases and 289 deaths from the virus, while Jordan has reported 1,183 cases and 10 deaths.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Who is testing them? The same people that make money from hospitalizing them?
    Were they not checked before they boarded the aircraft to fly to Thailand?
    I think they were.
    And if they find one passenger on a flight infected, all the other passengers are transferred to quarantine. More money made.
    What of the flight crew. No mention of them being quarantined. Why not?
    Do the Thai government want to say: There. There! see that is why we restrict flights into Thailand.
    Too many ???? for me to believe this story.

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      Gary

      Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Why are these people flying? Anyone with such high temperatures would feel very unwell, stay at home!

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      Clyde James

      Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      Just because you have a fever doesn’t mean you have COVID-19. You can run a fever because you are dehydrated, or have a simple cold. It is prudent to take people coming in on Repatriation flights that have a fever to the hospital for retest and observation. It is not a money-making scam, these are precautions that have made Thailand’s repatriation system the best in the world.
      It is an embarrassment and a shame that some people are only criticizing the repatriation test and quarantine system when it deserves our respect and praise for protecting our families and communities and assists our people abroad to come home.
      I am a foreigner married to a Thai Spouse, with children and grandchildren. I’ve been stranded overseas in Saudi Arabia for 5 months. However, are slowly and safely being allowed to come home to our families and communities in Thailand through the testing and quarantine system administered by the Thai government. I am truly thankful for the vigilant protection of my loved ones and for a safe and effective system that allows me to come home. I hope they make all people entering Thailand go through testing and quarantine procedures until there are other proven ways of controlling this worldwide pandemic.

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    Nick

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    If international flights are banned from entering Thailand then why does this article feature a Royal Jordanian flight and a Korean Air flight entering Bangkok?

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    Gazmo

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    So 8 people were screened and found to be negative before boarding a flight and then all develop a high fever while on the plane ? Either the pre flight test is a waste of time as it fails to detect anything or the fever spreads at an alarming rate and everyone on the plane must be considered at high risk including the pilots and cabin crew.
    It seems to me Thailand is in danger of importing the virus as other countries are allowing or promoting those with the virus to go back to their own countries and seek medical assistance there. Maybe that is the factor, the high cost of medical expenses other countries don’t want to incur.

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