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

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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

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. 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?

    1. Your assumption is that opening the borders = economic recovery.

      Why?

      WHY?

      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. 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. 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. 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….

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7 Comments

  1. 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?

    1. Your assumption is that opening the borders = economic recovery.

      Why?

      WHY?

      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. 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. 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. 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….

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