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Quarantine may be increased to 21 days for returnees arriving from Africa

Maya Taylor



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The Thai government may increase mandatory quarantine to 21 days for those returning from Africa, as efforts continue to stop the spread of the South African variant of the virus. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says the B1351 variant, which first surfaced in South Africa late last year, is faster spreading and could lead to an increase in the number of cases in Thailand. It now accounts for over 90% of South African cases that have undergone genetic sequencing and has been detected in around 30 other countries.

CCSA spokesperson, Apisamai Srirangson, says officials are considering an increase to the quarantine period after a Thai man returned from Tanzania and tested positive for the virus on February 5, while in state quarantine. However, according to a Bangkok Post report, it was not until February 12 that health officials confirmed the patient was carrying the more contagious South African variant.

Prasit Watanapa from the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital is calling on hospitals to double-check testing swabs to determine if the variant is more prevalent in the Kingdom than previously thought. Meanwhile, he says the anti-viral treatment, favipirapir, can be used against the variant, despite there being no evidence yet of its efficacy. The medication has been used to treat flu in Japan and since the pandemic began, has also been used to treat Covid-19 patients in some parts of the world.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Yet another primitive trick to keep quarantine hotels going and money pouring into governmental corrupted pockets.
    Amazing Thailand !

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:11 am

      Ummm … no 😮

      Quarantine for returnees in SQ is free, Nipral, because the government pays for SQ for Thais.

      So the only “money pouring into governmental corrupted pockets” would be government money. 😮 😮 😮

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        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:57 am

        Only for Thai’s – Farangs pay – I have South African friends who live here and just put their return travel plans on hold because of this uncertainty they were already booked to do their 14 day sentence – now they don’t know…..

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:26 pm

          Maverick, only Thais are “returnees”.

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        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:59 pm

        Exactly smart dude ! Tax payers money goes into gov. pockets. Get it old man ?

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:45 am

          Ummm … no, the “tax payers money” is ALREADY “in gov.pockets”.

          The numbers of Thais coming back to Thailand from Africa is minimal, and the idea that SQ for them would be extended so that somehow the people ordering the extension could profit from it is simply stupid.

          There’s not really any polite way of putting it.

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            Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:40 am

            stupid ? Do you know the meaning of it ? You’d refrain from throwing out your moronic prose !

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    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:56 am

    As the SA type is getting a firmer and firmer grip of Europe, this might very well be the first step for this government to stop even more tourists to come.

    I hope they will improve the food and service, if they now will do this increased in time.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:20 am

      The new British strain is reportedly not only 70% more transmissible but also 30% more lethal.

      I doubt improving the food and service will make quarantine any more palatable for tourists, Ted, whether it’s 14 days or 21.

      The only solution is rolling out the vaccine, and that seems to be on hold …

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        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:24 pm

        Sorry John, I forgot a ? to make my sarcastic [end] note more comprehensible for you.
        And furthermore, I strongly disagree with you, in waiting for the vaccine, since that will take to long for the world to reach any kind of herd immunity…well way too long for absolutely most hotels, resort and local moms & pops shops, that is.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:51 am

          Sorry, Ted, I’ve absolutely no idea what you “strongly disagree with”.

          The British strain?

          That rolling out the vaccine is the only solution?

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        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:22 pm

        It’s not a British Strain it’s a world Strain
        Don’t be ignorant please
        Naming a particular country is unhelpful and ignorant

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          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:47 pm

          So you wouldn’t call Covid a Chinese virus?

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            Issan John

            Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:08 am


            If the British government call the British strain “the British strain”, as they do, and that was also the normal term in the media, as it is, it seems reasonable to do the same.

            … but since the Chinese government don’t “call Covid a Chinese virus”, nor do most other governments, or world bodies, nor is it the normal term in the media, that doesn’t seem so reasonable.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:00 am

          It’s widely referred to as the British variant / UK strain / Kent strain not only in the media but in the British parliament by MPs and the PM, by British lead medical officers, and in UK government official publications.

          If you think that’s “unhelpful and ignorant” maybe you should take it up with them and I’m sure they’ll give your view all the respect it deserves.

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    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    It’s not a 14 day quarantine, it’s a 16 day quarantine. Hence the 21 day quarantine would be a 23 day quarantine.

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    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Not a scientist or a doctor but doesn’t the incubation period for all strains remain the same? So other than the money aspect of things (for the Thai economy) does it really make a difference to keep people couped up for 21 days in terms of keeping the virus at bay?? I mean if you get tested before departing Africa and then again when you arrive at your ASQ facility, surely, if you test positive the necessary procedures will be followed (hospital and treatment at your own cost), which means exposing others anyway. As it is, ASQ is expensive and I do understand that it is “necessary” but then add on the cost of flights, Covid 19 insurance and all the other silly requirements that you need to fulfill before even entering the Kingdom, it would seem that the government is rather fixed on deterring tourists and work permit holders rather than being reasonable in their policies… Just my opinion.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:11 am

      It’s NOT proposed for “tourists”!

      It’s ONLY proposed for “returnees”, and all “returnees” are THAIS!

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Oooooohhhhhhh, I’m Sooooooooo afraid! Sooooooooo concerned!! NOT!!!!!!

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    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Incubation period of the sars cov2 virus is 2-5 days.

    In extremely rare cases it can be more, up to a week.

    There is no evidence outside of China for incubation period longer than a week.

    we should not believe anything the Chinese said as they were misleading the world from the very beginning will all kind of fake info.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:28 am

      Maybe you should publish your study, as according to the US CDC, UK, EU, Aus, WHO, etc, etc it’s 14 days.

      I’m sure they’ll be interested to learn that they’re all wrong.

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    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:56 am

    why not make the voluntary jail sentence, i mean quarantine, a year? that should definitely help the country!

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    Wayne C

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:02 am

    The 21 day quarantine. Will now be standard for the Thai government LOL…… your tourist won’t even consider a 14 day let alone 21 day quarantine. The tourism for your country is now dead for a year or more.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:13 am

      God almighty.




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    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:20 am

    Why can UK do a 10 day quarantine and Thailand do a 16 day and 21 plus day quarantine oh I just realised??? it’s all about the money money money in the land of scam but is it not a loss leader cos nobody’s coming just a tricle who have business or a family it now makes sense to let people in once theyve had tje vacvine even quarantine for 3 days max if they have the test 72 hrs before in thier own country and then at airport and it is negative then set them loose to blow thier money and bring Thailand back alive I’m sure my good friend ij will find faults in this 555

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:30 am

      Wrong. Even I can’t be bothered.

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    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Thailand has a better track record than the UK on almost everything related to COVID management so I wouldn’t recommend they follow the UK’s lead here. They’ve set the program and if you don’t like it then stay away as you have a choice.

    All ASQ (foreigners and Thai’s that want to pay for more plush surroundings) and returnees (Thai citizens that are put up in government housing for free) are RT-PCR tested on approximately day 5 and 12. I would agree with you on a 10 day quarantine if they haven’t found a positive result on any of the day 12 tests and they probably have. The results of the day 12 test come back on day 13. I’m not sure why you can’t be released after that negative test and have to stay 3 more nights because there isn’t any further testing except temperature checks.

    21 days for people returning from Africa seems like an overreaction unless this variant has a longer incubation period.

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    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Ben myself and millions more are staying away thatsxwhy things must change or the country sinks so sad

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