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All arriving passengers now required to provide additional contact info

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The Department of Disease Control plans to impose compulsory measures for all inbound arrivals, including notifying personal information and contact information such as mobile phone numbers and email addresses as part of steps to control the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The additional arrival formalities will start tomorrow and officials say the new personal information provided by inbound passengers will stay in the system for 14 days after their arrival at a Thai international airport.

TheNational Science and Technology Development Agency say that a new App will be able to be downloaded from tomorrow where passengers will be able to provide the additional information OR on the current TM8 form.

Officials are also urging inbound passengers to make sure they remain contactable for at least two weeks after the arrive in Thailand, wither through roaming with the international phone number or buying a Thai sim card when they arrive for 49 baht (other packages are available.

Yesterday Thai Airways announced additional measures for passengers flying to Thailand from South Korea, Italy and China, saying they now had to provide a valid health certificate, confirming they don’t have the Covid-19 virus, before they can get a boarding pass. Read more about that HERE.

A meeting was held yesterday between the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, the digital economy and society minister and representatives from the Immigration Police and the Department of Disease Control.

The new arrival procedures will likely add time to the usual immigration formalities although current arrival numbers at all airports have slumped to a fraction of the arrivals two months ago. The ministers collectively urged passengers to assist the Thai government ensure that they can keep track of tourist and visitors during their stay as additional precautions against the spread of the virus.

Buddhipongse Punnakanta, from the DES, says the government will ask for cooperation from all inbound tourists to provide personal data and contact details on immigration forms or via the downloaded application.

“Please do not call this a tracking system because the state will track them only when critical situations arise, when they need to be monitored to handle the outbreak.”

“Immigration officers will check the completeness of the personal data provided on the forms or the app before allowing travellers to pass the immigration counter.”

Currently inbound arrivals are averaging around 70,000 – 20,000 Thais and around 50,000 foreigners.

Paiboon Amonpinyokeat, a cyber legal expert, speaking to Bangkok Post, says the new measure does not violate privacy as it is in line with public health law because this is a serious epidemic and concerns public safety.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Stranded migrant workers can stay and work in Thailand, for now

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Today the Thai Labour Ministy is allowing stranded workers from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar to stay and work beyond the expiration date of their work permits, due to the recent closure of their borders.

Labour Minister Mom Ratchawongse Chatumongol Sonakul says that the migrant workers are allowed to continue with their work until the borders reopen.

“This decision will benefit 108.586 migrant workers. They consist of 44,222 workers brought into the country to work for 4 years, based on memorandums of understanding with neighbouring countries, and 64,364 workers who hold border passes and work in border areas on a daily seasonal basis.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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6 Covid-19 recovered patients head home to their families

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The hospital director in Songkla, Dr. Supat Hasuwankit, posted on his Facebook page today, that it was a happy moment for 6 patients and their families after having been in hospital since March 17t fighting against the deadly Coronavirus, to finally go home.

“The group had been to Malaysia, to attend a religious ceremony earlier this month, which is where they contracted the disease. Although they have been allowed to return home, it is advised that all 6 patients have to strictly social distance themselves for at least a week, including sleeping in separate rooms, wearing face masks all the time while outside and eat separately from the rest of their families.”

“Covid-19 can be treated within 14 days. The most important thing is the friendliness and no stigmatisation of the patients, and to maintain social distancing.”

“Currently the hospital now has no Covid-19 patients.”

On another note, in the neighbouring province of Pattani, the Prince of Songkhla University has made available a hostel on the campus to accommodate 57 Thai students returning from Pakistan, who have residences in Pattani.

The students have been quarantined at the hostel since yesterday and will remain there until April 12. During their stay, free food will be delivered to them, so they have no reason to leave the hostel.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Dead train passenger in Prachuap Khiri Khan had coronavirus

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A train passenger found dead yesterday in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, about 240 kilometres south of Bangkok, has tested positive for Covid-19 coronavirus. The 57 year old man, who was not named, was found dead in front of a restroom after his train from Bangkok to Narathiwat in the far South stopped for a rest break, according to authorities.

The victim was diabetic and was returning from a trip to Pakistan. He was allowed to board the train on Monday after a guard measured his temperature at 36 degrees.

Despite finding no fever, the guard asked the passenger to rest before travelling as he was suffering from a headache and vomiting. The man refused.

Tests on the body at Songkhla hospital came back positive for Covid-19 today.

Eight personnel on the train were sent home for 14 days of self-quarantine whilst another 10 passengers were sent to the Public Health Ministry for testing and observation.

The train has been disinfected and cleaned thoroughly.

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