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Public concern prompts government to shelve 10-day quarantine plans

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The Public Health Minister says concern from members of the public have led the government to shelve plans to reduce quarantine for overseas arrivals from 14 days to 10. Anutin Charnvirakul’s statement comes after a number of infections that have left officials a bit perplexed.

One involves a woman recently returned from France who tested positive for Covid-19 after she’d completed her quarantine period and travelled to Koh Samui. Another is the case of an Indian man in Krabi province who was found to be infected, despite no recent international travel, and the Hungarian Foreign Minister and Hungarian diplomat, both of whom tested positive in Bangkok. Yesterday, it was revealed a South Korean soldier had tested positive after returning home from a training exercise in the eastern province of Rayong.

The government had been considering a proposal from a sub-committee of its Covid-19 task force, to cut 4 days from the mandatory quarantine period for arrivals from “low-risk” countries. However, the latest developments, coupled with netizens expressing their concerns on social media, mean the proposed reduction has been dropped.

While acknowledging that the decision will not help efforts to revive foreign tourism, Anutin says the health and safety of Thai residents must take priority.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Mike

    November 12, 2020 at 9:49 am

    So it’s because ‘public concerns’. Hilarious ! A population of Thailand that doesn’t know what it wants. But I know where it’s going. Down a black hole

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    Jesus Monroe

    November 12, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Back to 14 days means back to no tourists ever. People in power with food and shelter saving people close to starvation….not

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    Peter

    November 12, 2020 at 10:39 am

    There is many vaccine manufacturers claiming an effective reliability of around 90%, great news, BUT if you reverse these figures, does anyone actually expect the Thai government to remove quarantine restrictions when 1 in 10 of arrivals MAY well be infected with the virus?

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      Christopher Garbutt

      November 12, 2020 at 10:58 am

      From low risk countries where there is no local transmission quarantine should be reduced, the Thai government are not doing themselves any favours, these latest scares have been from returnees from High risk countries. People in quarantine should be segregated into catagories ie low risk country quarantine hotel and a High risk, there should be no mixing. Then you can reduce quarantine for people from low risk countries. Little by little this will kick start the economy. For the last 4 months there has been no progress at all.

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    Fabian

    November 12, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Who didn’t see that coming, raise your hands.

    I count zero hands.

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    Jack

    November 12, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I think their concern is that no one will jump through that many hoops to come to Thailand… not the health risk.

    Yes I agree scrap the 10 day quarantine, go with… 0 days

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    Jack

    November 12, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    if and when hospital icu visits begin to see a rise then we can discuss quarantines and other measures, but otherwise let’s get on with our lives. Open the borders!!!

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    Jason

    November 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    “Public concern” has prompted the government?? Since when has the government ever responded to public concern?? It is a military junta, not a democratically elected government. I can see Thailand will open it’s borders by 2025 when the tourism industry’s idea of a luxury hotel is a tent on Kamala beach!!!!!

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 12, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Who complained is totally unclear… I think this is all BS! There is nobody coming for either 10 or 14 days… NOBODY

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    Mike Frenchie

    November 12, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    ‘Health of safety of Thai’, someone should be reminded that health is HIGHLY correlated with GDP.

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    EdwardV

    November 12, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I think what happen is Thailand did the research. They realized there would be almost no difference in tourism demand between a 10 day and 14 day quarantine. Therefore why take the additional risk if there is no reward. Doesn’t matter since they have already decided to drop the quarantine completely for the Chinese come February. Once that happens all this fake concern for the Thai population will blow away.

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      Issan John

      November 13, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      I think you’re thinking! 🙂

      Makes a change here …

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      Mike Frenchie

      November 16, 2020 at 11:51 pm

      China will not drop the quarantine on the way back… so who cares about the quarantine on the way to Thailand! Useless blabla which is Thai do best regarding tourism…

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