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Thai government “more confident” after recent re-openings see no new Covid cases

Maya Taylor

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A week after the re-opening of Thailand’s schools and nightlife venues, the government says it’s feeling more confident as the country records no new locally-spread cases of Covid-19. The final phase of re-opening was seen as the riskiest, involving venues such as pubs and nightclubs, where social distancing might prove more of a challenge.

Thailand has now gone more than 43 days without a case of community transmission, only finding new cases in state quarantine among those repatriated from overseas. The government’s Covid-19 task force, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, says concerns are easing about the re-opening of the country’s schools and nightlife. While schools and entertainment venues must adhere to stringent hygiene measures, there had been concerns that strict social distancing requirements would prove a challenge for young children as well as adults under the influence of alcohol.

The CCSA warns against complacency, however, saying Thailand must remain vigilant as infections continue to accelerate globally and places such as the Australian city of Melbourne are fighting a second wave. It also points out that illegal immigrants crossing Thai land borders covertly pose a serious risk as they are not being screened prior to coming into the country across its porous borders.

For some time now, the Thai government has been in talks about creating “travel bubble” arrangements with countries it considers safe, but no firm decision appears to have been made yet. This may serve as an indication of the government’s fears of a resurgence of the virus, potentially leading to renewed lock-downs and further devastation to the country’s battered economy.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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    Clyde James

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Thailand has proven that through quarantine and COVID -19 PRC testing they can detect and stop the virus from entering the general population. They can even import COVID-19 patients for medical treatment and safely allow them to enter into the Thai population once they are well. Travel bubbles with just COVID-19 testing are risky business, it must be implemented slowly “bubble people” must be monitored, tested, and tracked closely to prevent any possible spread of the virus from asymptomatic people. Maybe they could wear a bubble tag like the star of David on them to ensure social distancing. Wearing a mask would be mandatory when in public places. In the meantime, it makes sense to continue expanding quarantine facilities and training additional military personnel to test and transport foreign and Thai travelers from high-risk areas to quarantine facilities and monitor them for 14 days before release into the general population. In this way, Thailand can have high risk and low-risk bubbles and monitor and control them using their military and police forces very much like communist China. China has set a perfect example of the steps needed to maintain Thailand’s national security from the spread of this disease.

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