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CCSA starts study to determine if quarantine should be shortened

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Covid-19 testing during the mandatory quarantine period for arrivals has been increased from twice to thrice in an effort to determine if quarantine can be shortened from 14 to 10 days. The study will last until January 15, according to spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Thaweesilp Visanuyothin.

Travellers were typically tested around 3 to 5 days after arrival and then again on the last few days of the 14 day quarantine. Now travellers will be tested on arrival, again on day 9 or 10 and then a third time on day 13 or 14.

After the study ends in mid-January, health officials will review the results and determine if the quarantine period should be reduced to 10 days. In past interviews, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said a shortened quarantine would be likely for those from countries classified as a “low risk” for spreading the coronavirus.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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