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PM announces urgent measures to handle coronavirus

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State agencies will seek the cooperation of private companies to avoid or postpone activities that will see a mass gathering of people, which might expose them to the risk of virus infection.

Even as the government announces new travel restrictions and struggles to create a plan to deal with thousands of Thai workers returning from South Korea, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today issued 14 urgent measures to handle the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The measures are:

  • State agencies must strictly enforce the Public Health Ministry’s measures and guidelines on the outbreak and, if necessary, issue their own internal measures.
  • State officials must suspend or postpone overseas official trips to destinations where the virus is spreading and those being monitored by the Public Health Ministry. If they cannot cancel the trips, they need permission from their superiors or related agencies to go.
  • State employees who have returned to Thailand from countries at risk or have transited through these countries or suspected to have contracted the virus can work at home for 14 days to observe their condition; the work at home will not be regarded as taking leave.
  • An information centre will be set up at Government House to collate data from all agencies and receive complaints as well as provide accurate information to the public regarding the virus.
  • The Commerce, Public Health, and Industry ministries will jointly evaluate the demand for products needed to prevent the situation from escalating, such as gels and masks, and provide these to sufficiently cater to public needs.
  • The Commerce Ministry is to prevent hoarding of such products both online and in shops/stores.
  • Transport agencies and local administrative bodies must strictly screen passengers at key areas such as airports, train stations and bus stations.
  • The Labour and Foreign ministries must closely monitor and take care of Thais living in the areas affected by the virus.
  • The Interior and Defence ministries will prepare locations for quarantine and observe the condition of people who have returned to Thailand or those suspected of being infected.
  • In case the Public Health Ministry and related agencies have to procure medical equipment needed to handle the outbreak, they can coordinate with the Budget Bureau to request more money.
  • The committee coordinating the prevention of and solutions for the coronarivus should hold a meeting on a regular basis and constantly update the PM on the situation.
  • The Public Health Ministry must take care of medical personnel and staff and provide them with special consideration to boost morale.
  • The Interior and Public Health ministries have to integrate their information on the situation.
  • State agencies will seek the cooperation of private companies to avoid or postpone activities that will see a mass gathering of people, which might expose them to the risk of virus infection.
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Thailand confirms 143 new coronavirus cases, 1 more death

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Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and its Department of Disease control announced 143 new confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus at their daily press briefing today in Bangkok (March 29), up from yesterday’s 109 new cases. There has been 1 additional death, bringing the national Covid-19 toll to 7.

The latest figures brought the total cases to 1,388 across 57 Thai provinces – 1,032 of the patients are Thais. Bangkok has a total of 515 cases, followed by Nonthaburi with 58 and Phuket with 53.

A state of emergency has been in effect nationwide since Thursday and travel heavily restricted, with checkpoints along major roads to prevent a mass migration to the provinces as newly unemployed people try to return home.

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The Public Health Ministry stresses the need for people to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus.

“People should stay at their places and stop social activities for a week. A 24 hour curfew may have to be imposed if people continue to ignore our warnings.”

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6 new coronavirus cases in Phuket

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Phuket island officials have reported 6 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus as of today (Sunday, March 29), bringing the total to 53 on the southern island. The details as known at time of publication are…

  • Case 48: A 42 year old Thai woman, a gift shop owner in Patong.
  • Case 49: A 32 year old Ukrainian woman who runs a health clinic in Karon.
  • Case: 50: A 27 year old Thai woman who has had close contact with foreigners.
  • Case 51: A 37 year old Thai man, a bouncer in Patong’s Bangla Road.
  • Case 52: A 36 year old Thai woman, a massuese in Patong.
  • Case 53: A 22 year old Thai woman who had close contact with another confirmed case, in Patong’s Bangla Road.

Since January 5, 944 people in Phuket have gone to hospital for testing. Of those 794 have tested negative and were sent home.

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Handful of Thais catch last flight back to Thailand from Singapore

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Flights are thin on the ground now and very few regional carriers are still in the air. Singapore Airlines Flight 972 was the last scheduled service to Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Passengers, only a few dozen, mostly Thais fleeing back home to ride out the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, flew out of Singapore’s Changi Airport yesterday.

Airlines worldwide are cutting flights and grounding planes due to the global outbreak, which at 11:30am (Thai time today) had infected more than 664,000 and killed more than 30,000 people. Thailand has reported 6 deaths to date, Singapore 2.

The Thai passengers’ desperation was evident. One 66 year old woman, who had been in Singapore taking care of her niece, told reporters: “If I die, I want to die in my country.”

Thailand declared a nationwide state of emergency on Thursday banning all foreigners from entering the Kingdom, and placed complicated requirements for Thais to have a health certificate, not older than 72 hours, and proof of residence before being declared ‘fit to fly’..

Singapore’s Changi Airport was reported to be almost empty yesterday with only one check-in counter open. Nearly all passengers wore facemasks, and many wore gloves.

One passenger said she was afraid if she didn’t get back to Thailand she might be stranded. 33 year old Ammara Viparsinon said she was shocked at the ticket price of 600 Singapore dollars (about 13,600 baht), about double what a flight would normally would cost. But she felt there was no choice, as any other route would involve long connections and layovers, and be even more expensive.

“The risk is too high, so I’d rather take this last direct flight.”

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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