Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Officials urge public to stick with Covid safety measures, warning that quarantine is not a catch-all solution

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Christine Sandu on Unsplash

The Ministry of Public Health has issued a warning that quarantine alone is not enough, as it calls on people to continue with Covid-19 safety measures such as hand washing, social distancing, and the wearing of face masks in public spaces.

Top medic Sophon Iamsirithavorn says that, despite the government’s best efforts, those arriving from overseas may still slip through the net, despite quarantine requirements. He points to the most recent cases where arrivals were asymptomatic for significant periods of time, yet still found to be positive for the virus.

“The most recent Covid-19 cases in Thailand were among returnees who appear to have been asymptomatic for long periods of time, possibly even the duration of their quarantine.”

Last month, a woman who had recently arrived from France tested positive for the virus after she had completed 14 days’ quarantine and travelled to Koh Samui. At the weekend, an Indian national who lives on Koh Phi Phi tested positive despite having no record of international travel since February.

It’s understood his wife’s test result will be known today, with efforts ongoing to trace those who came in contact with him. The man travelled around Thailand in late October and early November, including to the Krabi mainland, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Sukothai.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



  1. Avatar

    Ray W.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I would prefer to know what news the Finance Ministry and Minister Arkom have to say. We all know at this point the Ministry of Public Health is perfectly comfortable immolating foreigners along with the economy and our future… COVID bad – yawn. Half-baked schemes and hollow promises aside, when are we actually going to start doing something real to open the boarders and recover?

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Your assumption is that opening the borders = economic recovery.



      How could Thailand putting itself in the same state as the West, with lockdowns and lay-offs, possibly lead to a recovery?

      Who’s going to pay for all the furloughs, redundancies and unemployment?

      Or do you imagine there’s going to be some sort of miracle and magic wand waving and Thailand (and Vietnam, Cambodia, and all others that have gone down the same route) will somehow be able to keep Covid-19 to the same levels they have while opening the borders?

      it’s a simple one or the other equation – you can’t have both.

  2. Avatar


    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Contact one Mr Ian McIntyre who offers the likes of you “John,” a cool 10,000,000 if you can provide evidence that con-vid exists. You seem to be the forum expert, up you go and become a rich man (woman?).

  3. Avatar


    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Ok….some wild comments it seems. Thailand has contained the virus (there has been no wide spread testing of the population, so in reality we will never know). Where I live there has been over 3 million tests in a population of 25 million. So I have faith in the numbers published. In fact, my country now has less active cases of Covid 19 than Thailand. But it begs the question “Why would I want to visit Thailand now?” I have visited a number of times before. The people are truly wonderful. It is my “happy place”. But 14 days quarantine in Bangkok just to have a holiday there?? Would you??

    So there are some harsh economic realities Thailand needs to face up to. The tourism industry is in a disastrous state. Having conquered the virus and at the same time killed the tourism industry, what is to happen now?? Having frightened the people into a paranoia about the virus, how can the government regenerate the tourism industry with other low risk countries. I am sure that a military government will have no idea what to do. Maybe that will see an end to a military government?? I think the Thai people are beginning to see that soldiers are very good at keeping order and controlling the people, but have no clue when it comes to guiding a country to prosper. In fact their failure to be able to do this will see a change of government.

  4. Avatar

    Issan John

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    What a surprise. The closest any search comes to that is 20 kgs of gold from a flat-earther in a closed London Steakhouse.

  5. Avatar


    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    OK John, why don’t you prove that it exists? Come on where’s your evidence?
    Simple as that! 55 😉

  6. Avatar

    Patrick Kelly

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Thailand’s 35 to 40 million tourist visits in a normal year is a dream of the past…GDP will take a hit for decades because of the populace paranoia .
    Those countries that learn to deal best with the pandemics that are sure to reappear occasionally will come out on top. The tourists you are so afraid of provide a valuable source of jobs and income to thousands of Thai citizens. No way around the fact that to restart the economic engine, Thailand must adapt & fast. The clock is always ticking….

Leave a Reply

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

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand37 mins ago

Parachutist dies after being smashed into cliff face, falling into forest

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Covid cluster spreads from Yala to other southern provinces

Thailand1 hour ago

Proposed start date now July 15 for “Samui Plus” reopening

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Thailand3 hours ago

Ministry of Interior backtracks on decision to prioritise ThaiBev for vaccine allocation

Tourism4 hours ago

Hotel association survey shows average occupancy at around 6%

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Another doctor urges caution over hasty reopening plans

Hua Hin4 hours ago

Wild elephant breaks into home and raids kitchen in Hua Hin – VIDEO

Phuket4 hours ago

Phuket reports sixth Covid-19 death in current outbreak

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 3,175 new cases and 29 deaths

Chon Buri5 hours ago

Lockdown in 3 Chon Buri locations to control Covid-19 spread

Best of5 hours ago

Top 5 River Cruises to take in Bangkok

Tourism5 hours ago

KLM to increase flights to Middle-East, Asia as border restrictions ease

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Restaurant operators repeat calls for financial aid

Coronavirus (Covid-19)16 hours ago

PM Prayut asks everyone to work together towards reopening

Coronavirus (Covid-19)19 hours ago

Bangkok restrictions lifted on 8 categories, including swimming

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8