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IATA proposes Covid testing before travelling to replace quarantine on arrival

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The International Air Transport Association is proposing travellers to take a Covid test prior to departure to replace worldwide mandatory quarantines on arrival. The push comes after it announces that international travel is down by 92% this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As many countries are imposing mandatory quarantines that can be not only expensive but up to 14 days long, the IATA is calling for all countries to work together to create a pre-flight testing requirement in all airports.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO says that Covid testing is getting faster, cheaper and more accurate, which is why it is urgent to help kick-start the world economy by doing away with mandatory quarantines.

“The key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders is systematic Covid-19 testing of all travelers before departure. This will give governments the confidence to open their borders without complicated risk models that see constant changes in the rules imposed on travel. Testing all passengers will give people back their freedom to travel with confidence. And that will put millions of people back to work.”

He says the removal of such quarantine requirements for nations like Canada and UK would also help those nationals to leave their countries confidently by knowing that accurate testing would be in place. IATA has also asked for feedback and says of those travellers polled, 65% agree that if a person tests negative for Covid-19, then they should not have to undergo a quarantine on arrival. 84% also agree that, instead, travellers should be required to get tested with 88% even agreeing that they would submit to testing as part of the travel process.

Over 5000 travel businesses have reportedly backed the IATA’s proposal after submitting an open letter to the president of the European Commission, demanding the EU to take action. However, testing and later vaccinating 7.8 billion people could prove to be a monumental task, one that may take months to devise a streamlined plan to carry out.

SOURCE: Travel Off Path

 

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    liam

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    this is the way to follow, better to spend few hours more at the airport , than 14 days in the hotel

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    Alan Detro

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Alexandre de Juniac obviously has no understanding of medical science. Covid-19 can take up to 21 days to show a positive result after exposure. Testing negative is NORMAL in most covid patients for many days after exposure and the ability to spread the virus. This person is NOT qualified to make ANY recommendations on a matter of science, but is only qualified on matters of putting profit before common sense and health.

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      Perceville Smithers

      Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      You don’t think he knows that? 14-day qurantine is not working and travel has to resume.

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      Mike Frenchie

      Monday, September 28, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Better to starve to death for million of people… covid is almost non lethal for healthy people below 60!

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    Apolo Jr Estrada

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    They kept on proposing and nothing is going to happen. Later on, same results different day.

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    ron bergkotte

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    75 BILLION people ????????????????????????

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    Vijayan

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 12:03 am

    I cannot agree with you Alan Detro, science is science but we need a balance between science and common sense during this hard period. Surely it can take up to 21 days or even more to test positive, but please understand that those are few cases emerging from a high number of testing. It is not putting profit but using one’s sense because now we all have understood that lock downs and curfews have not stopped the spread of virus.

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      RA

      Monday, September 28, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      Well Said.

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    Buck

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 3:20 am

    OH God I hope so .

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    Ben

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 5:31 am

    If a 100% reliable test existed then all countries would use it as a basis for entry. But it doesn’t. The IATA assumes no responsibility if the proposed testing doesn’t keep COVID out of countries that want to keep it out so it’s easy for them to suggest it. It’s a dead end for a country like Thailand where the vast majority of the population cares more about health and safety than profits.

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      Bobby m

      Monday, September 28, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      Majority of people care about health and safety. 6 people on a motorbike, yeah rite.

      Rip off tests
      Rip off quarantine
      Rip off charter flights
      Rip off insurance

      It cost my friend 180.000 bht to get back to his family and businesses (that he is now closing)

      Not about profits, are you sure.

      This is a flu virus and tests, vaccination’s. It’s never going away.

      We have to learn to live with it.

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        Ben

        Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:15 am

        Bobby m – With that attitude you’re not going to be welcomed anytime soon by most countries.

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    rinky stingpiece

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 11:40 am

    The question is whether all this economic damage is worth it just to save a tiny percentage of people who for the most people seem to not be amongst the healthiest in the herd.
    If it was an illness of the poor, would there be all this effort?

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    Don R

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t even see the point in continued testing. It’s a crazy world where the media is trying to convince people that we can eradicate the virus by testing, wearing masks and social distancing. Rational people know that this is not possible. Scientists told us in February that the virus is here to stay regardless of what we do. Time to put on the big boy pants, accept the small risk, and get back to normal

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There is a lot of confusion about the vaccination of foreigners in Thailand. Tim Newton tries to paint the current picture for you. Thailand reaching a 70% level of vaccination, I think is more wishful thinking than anything else. Even in the US it appears very unlikely they will be able to reach the 70% immunisation level. In some states they’re now offering free beers and other inducements to get people to come in for a free vaccine.

In Thailand you can add additional layer of superstitions, religious convictions, local conspiracy theories and just general distrust of the government to the hard rump of anti-vaxxers. Poll after poll shows that there is a chunk of Thais that just won’t get vaccinated… for whatever reason. There is obviously a lot of confusion surrounding foreigners trying to get some clarity about when they can expect to be vaccinated.

There also appears to be a small exodus of foreigners who are just fed up with the vaccination vassilation in Thailand and are heading back to their home countries to source a free vaccine.

 

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Saturday Covid UPDATE: 2,419 new infections and 19 deaths, provincial totals

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The tally for Covid-related infections and deaths reported over the past 24 hours reports 19 new deaths and 2,419 cases. There have been 52,411 confirmed Covid-19 infections in the recent outbreak with more than 16,000 cases in Bangkok, the epicentre of infections. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has reported a total of 81,274 Covid-19 infections and 382 coronavirus-related deaths.

Thailand now has 29,473 active Covid-19 cases. Most patients with Covid-19 are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. More than 1,000 Covid-19 patients are in critical condition including 380 people on ventilators.

Out of the 2,419 new cases, more than 1,000 cases were detected in Bangkok. Most cases were local transmissions or detected through active case finding.

Of the 19 new coronavirus-related deaths, most were in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. The majority of deaths were the elderly and many of them contracted the virus from infected family members or friends.

Over the past week, new clusters of Covid-19 infections have been detected in crowded Bangkok neighbourhoods, including the Khlong Toey slum. Poor communities in Bangkok have been seen as vulnerable to coronavirus outbreaks as people live in close proximity to each other and many cannot afford to stop working to abide by stay-at-home orders. CCSA spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says active case finding in Bangkok clusters have been “beefed up.”

With cases in Bangkok still on the rise, the current disease control measures imposed in the capital will be extended until May 17. Schools and entertainment venues must remain closed.

Provinces with the highest number of new confirmed cases…

Province New Cases Total since April 1
Bangkok 1,112 18,029
Nonthaburi 217 3,249
Samut Prakan 114 3,016
Prachuap Kiri Khan 100 1,267
Pathum Thani 93 1,192
Samut Sakhon 77 1,376
Chon Buri 72 3,200
Prachin Buri 63 284
Ranong 50 379
Surat Thani 35 1,070

Districts in Bangkok with the highest number of confirmed cases…

District New cases
Khlong Toey 37
Ratchathewi 26
Pathumwan 24
Bang Kapi 13
Chatuchak 11
Don Mueang 9
Lat Phrao 9
Dusit 8
Yan Nawa 7
Wang Thonglang 7

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Active Covid-19 cases in Thailand as of 7 May 2021, according to Worldometers.

 

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WHO gives emergency authorisation to China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine

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China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine has been given the green light by The World Health Organisation for emergency use. The director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made the announcement yesterday in Geneva. The Chinese vaccine joins Pfizer/BioNTech, Astrazeneca-SK Bio, Janssen, Moderna, and Serum Institute of India in being authorised by the WHO for emergency use.

“This afternoon, WHO gave emergency use listing to Sinopharm Beijing’s Covid-19 vaccine, making it the sixth vaccine to receive WHO validation for safety, efficacy and quality.”

Tedros says the Sinopharm vaccine is eligible to be purchased by COVAX, the initiative to provide equitable global access to Covid-19 vaccines. COVAX also gives countries confidence to expedite their own regulatory approvals and imports. The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation reviewed the data and is recommending the vacccine for use in adults aged 18 or older, with a 2 dose schedule.

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Thailand is also set to receive 10 to 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. The minister posted an announcement on his Facebook page along with a photo after a meeting with Pfizer representatives. Anutin says the Thai Food and Drug Administration will facilitate the registration process as soon as possible. The Pfizer vaccine is expected to arrive in Thailand in the third or fourth quarter of the year.

SOURCE: CNN

 

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