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Thai Embassy in Beijing ordered to care for 3 locals stranded in Wuhan

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai - Thai News Agency

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai yesterday ordered the Thai embassy in Beijing to take care of three Thai citizens stranded in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

The three didn’t join the 138 Thai evacuees who returned on February 4. One of the three is a woman who overstayed her visa and has yet to pay the fine. The second is a woman recovering from a fever, while the third is a man who had a fever at the time of the evavuation but has now completely recovered.

Don said that the local embassy is sending moral support to the three, and officials from a university are sending food to the women daily. The stranded man is able to cook at his residence.

“I have ordered the embassy to take care of Thai people in other Chinese cities as well. No one will be left behind no matter where they are, in virus-risk areas or not. Everyone will receive care from the Foreign Ministry. I stress that the embassy must closely monitor situations so that it can quickly offer assistance when it is needed”

“Safety would be the most important factor for the possibility of their return to Thailand.”

Chinese authorities are aware of the situations of the three stranded Thais and have also provided help, the Thai News Agency reports.

SOURCE: TNA

 

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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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