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Repatriation flights suspended after Thai staff contract Covid-19 at foreign embassies

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Thai embassies in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have been hit with outbreaks of Covid-19, affecting a number of Thai staff, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The Thai embassy in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, said that a foreign employee was suffering “mild symptoms” and tested positive for Covid-19. The official was reportedly receiving medical treatment. The embassy has also suspended arrangements for an upcoming repatriation flights heading back to Bangkok.

“For the sake of public safety, the embassy would suspend its consular services until August 22.”

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, another foreign employee and 1 Thai official have contracted the coronavirus. The Thai government official was admitted to a hospital, while the local employee, whose symptoms were mild, was being treated at home.

The Thai embassy is asking people who need services to make appointments in advance to help comply with “disease control measures”.

The Foreign Ministry noted that the Thai embassies and consulates-general around the world were on the frontlines, taking care of Thai citizens abroad – those who were infected and those wishing to repatriate to Thailand.

67,000 stranded Thais have flown home since April.

“Foreign Ministry personnel have been dedicated to their work for months, taking care of Thai people while at risk of infection.”

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    Perceville Smithers

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Hope the embassy/consulate are tracking the status of their citizens as stated.

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    Farang

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    It’s more likely the Thai’s were already infected then visited the embassy. To save face, the Thai’s are lying about infecting other inside the embassy. I see the Thai out walking everywhere, no masks, no social distancing. They believe they’re smarter than others so they take deadly risks to prove their superiority. Thai’s are keen with killing farangs. Always have been, Always will be.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    It is good to see the Thai establishment are suffering the same none sense Thais citizens are.
    The chances of death from this virus is tiny.
    The government are simply using this tiny risk to run a dictatorship.

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The situation continues to be quite fluid. But if you need to travel at this time, here are the latest restrictions in the red and orange zone provinces. If you planning on travelling, you need to get acquainted with the latest restrictions in your destination province, and you should check if you need additional travel documents.

The could change at any time, so if you are going to be doing any travelling (the government are advising against it), you should get your paperwork ready in advance.

Provincial governors are also being given latitude by the central government to upscale any of the restrictions to meet local situations.

The infographic was compiled by the NBT.

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Today’s drop in newly reported infections by the CCSA has dampened Thai’s desire for a Covid test in and around Bangkok. Now, many hospitals around the city are restricting the numbers of patients tested. And if you want to be tested, Thai or foreigner, you better be ready to pay for it.

Thai Enquirer is reporting that at least 3 private hospitals are not accepting new Covid patients, including BNH Hospital, Praram 9 Hospital and Paolo Hospital in Phaholyotin. But even the latter, who had received a new batch of test kits, said they will take walk-ins but only from 0800 – 1700. The cost at Paolo Hospital is 4,500 baht.

According to Thai Enquirer, the city’s public hospitals are also limiting the number of new Covid tests. Thammasat University Hospital and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital are doing tests but only on who they consider ‘at-risk’ communities, and only 100 tests per day. Taksin Hospital, on the west side of the Chao Phraya, is providing free Covid testing but, again, only people they consider ‘at-risk’ patients. None of them are providing the popular drive-through services. For the majority of the hospitals charging, costs for the tests are between 4,000 – 6,000 baht, depending on the patients and their perceived risk levels.

293 new infections were detected in Bangkok over the past 24 reporting period. 210 more cases were reported from provinces directly adjacent to Bangkok. Around the country there were 1,390 new cases reported this morning, down on yesterday and Saturday’s numbers but still well in excess of the numbers being reported in Thailand’s first and second waves.

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Thailand provincial figures for Monday’s Covid cases

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The NBT has published an infographic including all the provincial data on new Covid infections over the past 24 hours in Thailand. Note that some of the data is released by the provinces one day but not reported by the CCSA as a national tally until the following day.

Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chon Buri, again, lead the way with the latest report. The provinces around Bangkok also feature heavily with today’s numbers. 63 of the country’s 77 provinces have all reported additional cases in the past 24 hours.

The CCSA earlier reported a total of 1,390 new Covid infections today. The tally is a welcome drop in new case reports after the last 5 days’ record levels of new infections. Yesterday there were 1,767 new infections reported.

3 more people have died of Covid-related illnesses, 14,851 people remain under state supervision.

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