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Health officials propose reducing quarantine to 10 days

Maya Taylor

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Health officials are suggesting cutting mandatory quarantine for international arrivals to 10 days. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says the proposal will be submitted to the government’s Covid-19 task force for approval. It’s hoped that a reduction in the quarantine period could help revive Thailand’s battered tourism sector.

”The priority now is to strike a balance between people’s health and the economy. We have to work together to help revive the economy. Thailand still has to rely on foreign tourists. Re-opening the country to foreign visitors will help put the economy back on track.”

A national quarantine policy is currently at draft stage and aims to ensure there are sufficient quarantine facilities to support the country re-opening further. The draft sets out guidelines for running a quarantine venue, with a requirement for all facilities to adhere to the same strict hygiene and safety standards, while working under the umbrella of the national communicable diseases committee in Bangkok.

“It covers the screening of suspected cases, general management of the venue’s environment, provision of basic services, data collection and reporting, contact tracing, as well as venue assessment and evaluation criteria.”

If the government approves the proposed reduction in quarantine, people who are released after 10 days will have their movements tracked for an additional 4 days. They will also be required to avoid crowded places and adhere to the rules of social distancing and mask-wearing in public.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Ted

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Have they ever been on a long haul flight? Or really travelled anywhere I’m their lives?
    Imagine this; X-amount of hours on flight, arrives in “paradise” for your well deserved vacation. And then you’ll be directly forced to stay in an other confined space! A few hours is long enough, so that the go from 15 to 10 days won’t do anything, for the tourists that is.

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    EdwardV

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Can’t see this making a big difference. If the objective is to get Chinese tourists, the low hanging fruit, ten days is still way too many. Forget the first batch as they are just business people basically coming to work or home depending on how you look at it. That aside, if the average Chinese tourist comes for a week or less, how does a 10 day quarantine help? Even if you could get an entire month off, a 10 day quarantine with 2 lost days for travel means you lose 40% of your vacation right off the bat. Might as well leave the quarantine at 14 days as the small increase isn’t worth the extra risk. They need to get the quarantine to 5 day or less before the lost days will be small enough to generate real numbers. However I don’t see that happening.

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    DK

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 9:50 am

    If a tourist is infection free when leaving the country of origin, then upon arrival tests negative there is no need for quarantine IMO. Tracking and social distancing is ok. Even an additional testing is okay. Especially Thailand is allowing tourists from so-called low countries anyway.

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    gosport

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Just follow Singapore step if there is no wonderful way to boost tourism industry. No need quarantin time for low risk countries.

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    SG666

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:24 am

    If 14 or 10 days doesnt matter. To be honest I would not even travel to Thailand if they would ask for a PCR test on arrival simply because I do not want to end up in a 3rd world class thai hospital.

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    Thomas

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    more bla bla, still no balls. Don’t they get bored with their own stupidity. Every week the same meetings about the same bullshit and nobody makes a decision at the end. Even the communists are better in this. They proof every day again that they have no clue on what & how to do despite the fact that their are plenty of ways shown around the world on how to do it. Thailand, always amazes.

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    Peter

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Reducing quarantine from 14 days to 10 days will do nothing to encourage more tourists. They might just as well leave it at 14 days, keep the virus out and the country ‘virtually’ virus free.

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    Al

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Nice! Some good old common sense seen in the above comments!

    Have a blessed weekend – Al 😉

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    robert YONG

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Sir, it will be a great idea allow airline to follow the pilot project UAL to London free covid 19 test

    Thanks.

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    Ray

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    There seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. The managing director of 9 hospitals in London, Marcel Levi, has been instructed by the government to distribute the Oxford-vaccine to 2 million people before December. He cautioned that it could be a bit later.

    From the press release: Levi points out that AstraZeneca’s Oxford vaccine (one of four vaccines in the third phase of testing) is now being tested on 50,000 people. “One person has suffered a serious side effect, but has also recovered. Compare that to the many hundreds of people who die every day, hospitals that fill up, and the only cure we have now: shutting down society. . Shouldn’t you have the courage to say, we’re going to release it? “

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