Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Flight full of Thai evacuees from Wuhan arrives at U-tapao, four with fever

The Thaiger

Published 

 on 

Flight full of Thai evacuees from Wuhan arrives at U-tapao, four with fever | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Plane arrives last night at U-tapau - Royal Thai Navy
  • follow us in feedly

Four of the 138 Thais repatriated in an Air Asia jet from Wuhan last night were found to have a fever. The Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul was at U-tapao airport, south of Pattaya, last night to welcome the 138 evacuees. Thai AirAsia flight FD571, carrying the 138 Thai passengers, landed at the navy airport in Ban Chang district in Rayong at 8.40pm.

The flight was delayed as one Thai was unable to leave because they were discovered to have overstayed their visa, according to Khaosod English.

A medical team was flown to Wuhan to receive them. When they returned with the plane full of evacuees, and the four cases with ‘fever’, doctors speculated it could have been caused by anxiety, fatigue and dehydration.

The four have been isolated as a precaution and were taken to the Royal Thai Navy’s Sattahip base hospital for observation. The pilots and flight attendants, plus the 15 attending medics, also underwent complete checks to ensure they didn’t have any fever. They were all sprayed with disinfectant before being allowed to leave.

Minister Anutin announced that, if today’s test results show that the four repatriated Thais are clear of novel coronavirus, they will be discharged to join the others at special lodgings set up at the naval base. Anutin said they were all “in high spirits” and will be kept under observation by a medical team during their 14 day quarantine period.

Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayigchaorenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department, explained that the 138 Thais were only provided one bottle of drinking water and a box of sandwiches during the four and a half hour flight back from Wuhan. He speculated that it was possible some of them were simply dehydrated, stressed and anxious, which could explain the elevated body temperatures.

Doctors are now assessing the condition of all the 138 returnees every 12 hours, along with a team of psychiatrists on standby to provide them with counselling if necessary. Video links have been made available to allow all passengers to chat to their families.

Meanwhile, another deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department said yesterday that “Thailand is now in the stage of disease transmission. Since they are staying in places full of foreign visitors, tourists are likely to be in areas of disease transmission.”

The spokesperson was speaking after health authorities liaised with Seoul medical authorities for information about a Korean woman who had been infected with novel coronavirus after returns to South Korea after a trip in Thailand, despite never visiting China.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

Read our latest Coronavirus update HERE.

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Never miss out on future posts by following The Thaiger.

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

1 new Covid-19 death, 7 new cases in quarantine

Caitlin Ashworth

Published

on

1 new Covid-19 death, 7 new cases in quarantine | The Thaiger
FILE PHOTO

Thailand reported its first Covid-19 death since June, tallying up the death toll to 59. Health officials also report 7 new Covid-19 cases detected in quarantine. They say 1 person had the virus before. The 54 year old Mhad Mamin worked as a Thai translator at an embassy in Saudi Arabia. He came back to Thailand last month and tested positive for Covid-19. He was recovering at first, but then he started to get worse a couple weeks ago. He died today at Bangkok’s Rajavithi Hospital near Victory Monument. His family lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Health officials also report 7 […]

Continue Reading

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

China re-affirms commitment to cooperate with Thailand over Covid vaccine

The Thaiger & The Nation

Published

on

China re-affirms commitment to cooperate with Thailand over Covid vaccine | The Thaiger

China is re-affirming its commitment to cooperate with Thailand over potential Covid-19 vaccines after its Chinese Ambassador to Thailand’s meeting with the Deputy PM Prawit today. Yang Xin furthered the partnership by offering China’s guidance and equipment support to facilitate testing, research and sourcing of an anti-Covid vaccine. Xin, the Chinese Charge d’Affaires, emphasised the importance of a good relationship between the two countries noting Thailand’s earlier support at the onset of the Covid pandemic. Now, he adds that China will also help Thailand recover its economy by continuing to support its popular farm produce exports into the country. At […]

Continue Reading

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Updates on the new Special Tourist Visa | Complete Thailand Travel Guide (September 2020)

The Thaiger

Published

on

Updates on the new Special Tourist Visa | Complete Thailand Travel Guide (September 2020) | The Thaiger

Latest update – September 18. The Thaiger updates information about travelling to and re-entering Thailand. Depending on where you’re coming from, your purpose for visiting Thailand and your country’s own Covid-19 travel restrictions, the situation is changing daily. Tell us about the new long stay ‘special tourist visa’, the STV. The Thai cabinet has approved a plan to allow foreign tourists to visit Thailand but they’ll have to agree to mandatory 14 day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days. The new 90 day special tourist visa would be able to be extended twice, for 90 days each time. So, a […]

Continue Reading
Follow The Thaiger by email:

Trending