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4 pro golfers, 131 students allowed to return to Thailand

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: The Nation

4 of Thailand’s most successful international golf champions, including Ariya Jutanugarn, her sister Moriya and Kiradech Aphibarnrat arrived home last night after weeks trapped in the US. They now face 14 days of mandatory quarantine. They had spent almost two months in the US.

The number of infections in the US is growing at an alarming rate and the 3 stars, along with fellow Thai player Wichanee Michai, all normally based in the US state of Florida, posted on social media that they wanted to come home.

Boon Rawd Brewery owner Santi Bhirombhakdi even offered to fly them back in a private jet, but the golfers had to remain in the US for more than a week due to the Thai government’s ban on international flights because of Covid-19 concerns.

Ultimately, the 4 golfers along with 131 students of American Field Service, an international youth exchange organisation, were able to return to Thailand last night. 6 of the AFS students were found with a temperature higher than the normal 37.5ºC, were sent to Bangkok hospitals for further observation. The 125 other students were taken to Bangkok’s Ramada Hotelfor a 14 day quarantine.

SOURCES: The Nation | 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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