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CCSA starts study to determine if quarantine should be shortened

Caitlin Ashworth



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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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    jesus monroe

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Yes its gonna take a very detailed study to say the word “YES”

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      Issan John

      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      A study of very limited numbers over a three week period is hardly going to be “detailed”, particularly if quarantine conditions are, at best, questionable.

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        Jesus Monroe

        Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:20 pm

        Please don’t take me at face value Issan. Sarcasm my friend, sarcasm

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    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I rather go to mexico or or somewhere else…and spend my money there.. no imprisonment required
    I wont be a prisoner of thailands authority.. youve got to be be insane…

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      Friday, December 18, 2020 at 11:23 am

      Mexico has a 1% infection rate and a 9% death rate. Death rate is one of the highest in the world.

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    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Why do I get the feeling they are just shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic?? By the time the results are known….. the tourism industry will be dead…. oh….that’s right….it’s already dead! But I suppose they have to do something to justify their existence….

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      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:56 pm


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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Well here in Cambodia they have now started a 14 day quarantine requirement for travellers arriving on the 12 December onwards.
    Previously only one day quarantine was required while the tests for covid were evaluated.
    There were not many foreigners here before, there will be very few now . . .
    So far not one death from covid has been recorded in Cambodia, however Hun Sen, big chief, caught and recovered from the virus.
    Maybe that changed matters.

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      Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      perhaps you recall back in early September the Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko told the news that the IMF and Worldbank offered him a $940 Million USD bribe if he would impose the covid country shutdown measures (that were typical of so many other countries). Didn’t get big coverage for obvious reasons.

      Suppose a number of SEA country leaders did accept bribes (oh no, a bribe in SEA!?) in return for following the WEF/UN Agenda21/2030 covid agenda…

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    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Dancing on the head of a pin. Waste of time and more tedious playing to the gallery.
    WHO have said that SE Asia will be very late getting vaccines.
    Fauci has just said that the US should have herd immunity by Q4 2021, if there is a take up of approx 80% of the US population.
    People are jumping up and down thinking that by summer 2021, everything will be back to normal.
    Thailand will be closed to mass tourism to 2022 at the earliest.
    Unless necessary, anyone travelling during this pandemic needs their heads examined.
    Go to Thailand for what?

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    Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    They can study it, keep it the same or reduce it to 10 days won’t matter. Tourists won’t do a 10 day quarantine just as they won’t do a 14 day quarantine. Might as well leave it alone and wait until the vaccine is widely available. It’s not worth whatever extra risk is involved.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 12:24 am

    The government has the economic statistics first…it’s not a pretty sight I assume. This sounds like desperation is starting to occupy the Kingdom. In reality I can’t blame them one iota.

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    Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Wow the BP is reporting Thailand is offering visa free travel for 56 countries. I’m assuming that actually means visa upon arrival. Those countries will include Australia, France and the USA, among others. Yes the USA! You still need to have a COVID free test 72 hours before, do a 14 day quarantine (for now) and pass three tests.

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      Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      Visa free, maybe, quarantine free? absolutely not! You are completely delusional, the Thai government are not that stupid, however much you wish they were. Open boarders with visa on arrival, as it used to be in 2019, will likely not happen until 2022/2023 (if ever) and assuming you are lucky. I’ve made many posts over the last 10/11 months regarding the covid 19 situation, to date, I have not made a single ‘substantially’ inaccurate post. Regarding this one, I DO hope I’m wrong, but I doubt very much that’s the case with this one.

      EDWARDV Who are you hearing from? Is it the people who actually make these decisions, or is it the people who WISH they could make them?

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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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