Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

PM apologises, promises review of “VIP” loopholes amid foreign Covid cases

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Thai PBS World

Following an Egyptian soldier and Sudanese child both testing positive for the Covid-19 virus in Thailand, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has apologised and promised a review of the rules that exempted both foreigners from quarantine. An Egyptian aircrewman tested positive after visiting Rayong, in the east of the country, while the 9 year old daughter of a Sudanese diplomat has tested positive during self-isolation at a condo in Bangkok.

Hundreds of people believed to have had contact with either person are being traced through the Thai Chana platform and will be required to self-isolate for 2 weeks. The development has led to a shut-down of over 200 schools in Rayong, as well as the shopping malls visited by the Egyptian soldier, and the Dvaree Diva Hotel, where they were staying. Locals are reportedly furious, as Rayong was just beginning to welcome back domestic tourists following the lifting of nationwide Covid restrictions.

In Bangkok, residents of the ONE X condominium building, where the Sudanese child was self-isolating with her family, (who have so far tested negative) are being tested for the virus. It’s understood the family did not violate the self-isolation requirements, but the building’s common areas, including elevators and the lobby, are undergoing a deep cleaning.

The PM says a full investigation into the process that allows for certain categories of foreigners to be exempt from mandatory quarantine will be carried out. If such exemptions are reneged, such future arrivals may be required to fulfil the same quarantine requirements as other foreign nationals.

Despite the PM’s apology, the government’s Covid-19 task force lays the blame for the Egyptian incident firmly at the door of the Egyptian Embassy in Bangkok. The embassy has issued a statement to the effect that it is fully cooperating with the Thai government but has stopped short of an apology. Egyptian officials say all crew passed a Covid-19 test before departing Egypt and claim they did not violate any rules, despite evidence that they left their hotel to go shopping in Rayong.

PM apologises, promises review of “VIP” loopholes amid foreign Covid cases | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

Get more from The Thaiger

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.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Kevin Martyn

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Bit late when the milk has already boiled over!!!

    On top of that why should others be exempt from quarantine by the Thai Government coming into Thailand from overseas NO MATTER who they are?

  2. Steve

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:15 am

    It’s no good blaming Egypt. Who made the exemption rules and why were the crew allowed to leave their accommodation?

  3. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    The deal might be. Egypt gives exemptions for certain government and rich Thais arriving in Egypt, they then receive exemptions when certain Egypt persons arrive in Thailand.
    I bit like your scratch my back I scratch your back, because we are not the peasants.
    What else?
    Same with Sudan apparently.
    As for the PM saying sorry, huh what’s that worth?

  4. mike

    Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Certain people should definitely be exempted from quarantine and should also not have to suffer the indignity of a COVID test or even a temperature screening. Causing certain people to lose face in this way is unacceptable.

    Why is the PM apologising anyway? He said he had dome nothing wrong…

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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:

Environment2 hours ago

Sea turtle choked to death on plastic waste

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Big Feast For Monkeys At Lopburi Festival

South3 hours ago

Buddhists and Muslims rally for peace together in South Thailand

Sponsored11 hours ago

What makes Tops Fine Food the ideal place to shop for premium food in Bangkok

Thailand3 hours ago

Cowardly rapist arrested for a fifth time in Isaan

Songkhla4 hours ago

Russian crewman’s hand cut off in Songkhla ship accident

Transport4 hours ago

Cat out of the bag – Stowaway found in JFK passenger’s luggage

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand4 hours ago

Murderer offers 100,000 baht to netizens to cut off his EM ankle bracelet

World Cup5 hours ago

Football fans riot in Brussels after Belgium defeat

Tourism5 hours ago

TAT holds Amazing Thailand Fest 2022 in India

Phuket5 hours ago

Gus, 7, youngest Thai person to reach Everest Base Camp

Expats5 hours ago

New direct flight between Muscat and Bangkok

Bangkok6 hours ago

Elderly Australian amputee abandoned in a hostel receiving care

Crime6 hours ago

Man arrested in South Thailand for attempted murder in Phuket

Thailand6 hours ago

Pattaya motorcycle taxi rider arrested for sexually harassing Thai singer

Cosmetic Surgery6 hours ago

Boobs ban! Macro-textured implants outlawed in Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Phuket2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Trending