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Returnees from UK found with high fever, hospitalised

Jack Burton



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Of the 251 Thais who repatriated from the United Kingdom yesterday 20 were found to have high fevers and rushed to hospital, according Suvarnabhumi Airport’s deputy director.

“The 251 Thais departed from London on Thai Airways International Flight TG917 and arrived at the airport at 2.20pm. Preliminary screening found that 20 passengers had high fever and they were rushed to hospital. 16 passengers expressed an interest in entering alternative state quarantine facilities, while the rest were transported to the government’s specified facilities in Bangkok and Samut Prakarn.”

As of today, the UK has reported 274,762 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 38,489 deaths. It remains one of the coronavirus hotspots in Europe following Spain, with Italy and France also badly hit by the pandemic.

Thailand reported 1 additional confirmed case of the Covid-19 virus today, and no new deaths, bringing total infections since the beginning of the outbreak in January to 3,082, with the death toll remaining at 57. 60 patients remain in hospitals nationwide. 2,965 people have been discharged from the hospital with an additional 2 patients overnight.

According to Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin…

“Thailand has recorded zero new locally-contracted cases for a week, as all new cases were imported from other countries. The confirmed case is reported as a Thai national who has recently returned from Russia and went directly into state quarantine.”

He went on to say that “higher-risk businesses will be allowed to reopen if the situation improves and the Emergency Decree could possibly be ended in July if there are no new cases.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Jim Reid

    Monday, June 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    That just shows you the respect the UK government have for the Thai people at least if they were UK citizens returning from Thailand they would have been quarantined in Thailand first what a shower of hypocrites the UK authorities are sure what do expect look at what they let happen to their elderly and ying the doctors to put covid 19 on the death cert whether they died from it or not. How could you trust people like this.

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    Clydel James

    Monday, June 1, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    We often read of how many people have “high fevers” when they arrive in Thailand. However, the followup on how many with fevers actually have COVID-19 should also be provided. A long flight without water or food can cause dehydration and temperature increase, and even heat stroke.
    We suspect that even a slight temperature increase under the current circumstances is classified as “High Fevers”. After all, sensationalism garners more attention than boring facts. Is it too much to ask that the flames of panic not be fanned by irresponsible sensationalism, may we also be provided with the actual numbers of those found to be infected with COVID-19?
    When people die with COVID-19 virus due to complications of heart disease, cancer, or just old age, the cause of death is always attributed to COVID-19. The flu, dengue fever, and the common colds frequently kill older people more easily than the young with stronger bodies. Nowadays it’s very hard to get the facts, too many know-how to spin the truth.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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