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Health minister blasts illegal returnees, downplays epidemic rumours

Maya Taylor

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The Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has slammed a group of Thai nationals who crossed the border from Myanmar illegally, bypassing health checks and quarantine. At least 10 Thai women employed at a hotel and entertainment complex in Myanmar have tested positive for Covid-19 since their illegal return to the Kingdom.

Thailand now has a total of 39 cases linked to the 1G1-7 Hotel in the Burmese town of Tachilek. A group of business owners in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai plan to sue the illegal returnees for 20 million baht in lost business, caused by panicked domestic tourists cancelling trips to the affected areas.

Minister Anutin says the businesses have his full support, slamming the women as selfish, immoral, and lacking any sense of responsibility. He says the authorities also plan to take legal action against the women for their behaviour. Several of the returnees travelled to other provinces, including at least 2 on domestic flights, after their illegal crossing into the country.

“They should all be sued. The government also has to take legal action against them, otherwise they will not learn.”

Meanwhile, addressing concerns that around 500 Thai nationals are rumoured to have crossed illegally from Laos, Anutin says border officials have the situation under control, adding that all Thais who want to return must do so through the correct channels. He dismisses rumours that Thailand is facing an epidemic, saying most of the Covid-19 cases are imported, and says the public should only take its information from the Department of Disease Control.

“The Public Health Ministry holds a press conference on the situation every day. Don’t listen to rumours (of an epidemic). The ministry and other government agencies are trying to fix the situation.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

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    Mister Stretch

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

    What? No dirty farang are responsible?

    We farang will never forget.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:29 am

    “ He dismisses rumours that Thailand is facing an epidemic” – hopefully he won’t have to eat those words later. Is it even possible to know that yet? While I don’t disagree about the people who crossed facing legal action from the government. It could also backfire if people keep crossing. Creating a disincentive to come forward in the future.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:32 am

      So damned if you do and damned if you don’t …..

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        EdwardV

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:09 am

        You just described why law enforcement and judges are usually given some latitude in the application of laws. The question is will Thailand create a disincentive or not. Better yet, can Thailand stop people from crossing illegally?

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          J West

          Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:31 am

          The market economy along the border has always existed. The guy who sells watermelons or tills his fields on both sides of the river has never been the problem. Unfortunately it’s the ‘little people’ of the north who will pay the greatest price. The high flying “Mercedes Club” members will likely have already found another demographic of geographically isolated poverty stricken young women to exploit. We “Dirty Farang” , as always, will bear responsibility.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:29 pm

          Realistically, I doubt it can.

          At the same time, where’s the incentive for Thais at the lower end of the social/economic scale crossing the border to get home to first lock themselves up for a fortnight, and pay for it, acting “responsibly”, when they see that foreigners coming in are allowed to play golf and enjoy “health activities”?

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        I. B. Stoned

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 11:09 am

        Sort of like your decision to consistently put forth meaningless comments, eh Isan John!

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    Peter

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Of all the odious clowns who run this third world banana republic, this smirking baffoon is the worst.
    The UK gave more hope to the world yesterday, first person to get vaccinated, a good Ulster woman i might add and a peer reviewed study in the Lancet, confirming the safety and effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
    Also some strong indications that this vaccine may well stop unknowing transmission of the virus.
    Meanwhile, Coco Anutin hasn’t a clue how many Thai whores have been playing hide the salami across the border.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      Any verifiable source for those “strong indications that this vaccine may well stop unknowing transmission of the virus”?

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        Peter

        Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:33 pm

        Professor Sarah Gilbert, University of Oxford, said the data indicated this but further studies where needed on a number of British TV interviews yesterday.
        I have told you before pauper John, don’t question me, you will only make yourself look stupider than you actually are.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:25 pm

          As I suspected, absolute garbage and wildly misleading.

          She was talking about the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine which she’s working on, NOT the Pfizer vaccine currently approved and now being used by the UK to “give more hope to the world”.

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            Peter

            Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:40 pm

            Are you a complete idiot John?
            Read what i said, it clearly states it’s to do with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine possibly conferring immunity.
            Now go and feed your buffaloes.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Difficult to justify “blasting illegal returnees” for not locking themselves up in a hotel room for a fortnight when at the same time you make a point of letting foreigners coming in go out to play golf and enjoy “health activities”.

    ‘Yes’, obviously Thai returnees can do the same if they can afford it but that’s little consolation for those who can’t.

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