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Thai medic cautions against reducing quarantine period for foreign tourists

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On one side there is a push to re-open Thailand’s borders to re-start the beleaguered tourist industry. On the other hand Thai officials are try to keep Covid-19 contained and fear the re-opening of the borders. Even the suggestion to reduce the quarantine time from 14 to 7 days is not gaining support from health officials.

Now, a doctor from the Faculty of Medicine at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University says reducing the quarantine period for foreign tourists would be inviting disaster. Dr. Thira Woratanarat made his statement after a suggestion from the Tourism and Sports Minister that quarantine could be halved if all goes well when Thailand re-opens its borders to a limited number of foreign tourists.

“In Thailand, if we decide to follow the proposal to reduce the quarantine time to 7 days, it would be an invitation to disaster.”

Thira points to a growing number of cases in many parts of the world, with around 350,000 new cases a day reported worldwide. The number of total deaths from the virus has now reached the 1 million mark.

For its part, the government says Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn’s proposal is not under consideration and that all foreign tourists will still be subject to mandatory 14 day quarantine. Officials say until the global pandemic situation improves, current restrictions remain in place.

A plan is underway to allow a limited number of foreign tourists to return to the Kingdom under a Special Tourist Visa scheme. The visa is due to be approved today when PM Prayut Chan-o-cha chairs a meeting of the government’s Covid-19 task force.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    RA

    September 28, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    How about we listen to the people that study this and who’s job it is to protect us. Maybe like the Thai government’s Covid-19 task force, NIH, CDC, and WHO. Not just some random doctor, the Tourism and Sports Minister or especially NOT the White House Corona-virus Task Force.

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      Nipral

      September 28, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      because they are stupid, incompetent and corrupted !!! WHO never suggested plans close to the moronic one offered by Thai government. A joke !!! sadly however people starve and suffer.

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    Dirty Farang

    September 28, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    no problem, keep closed and die of hunger. There are a lot more destinations to go to and feel welcome.

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    patty

    September 28, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    it is already a disaster. And it’s much worse than the virus. Easy for these idiots to say as they are not affected by this whatsoever. Only looking out for themselves, the government, and the rich. Selfish pricks are sitting back in their 30Million baht houses/condos while the rest of the country suffers

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    CleanFarang

    September 28, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Why not based this on statistics gathered from all the current quarantine data Thailand has accumulated so far? For example, what percentage of repatriated Thais test positive for Covid after 7 days of quarantine?

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    Nipral

    September 28, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    It may be a good idea to take exemple on developed, civilized and democratic countries like Greece. Millions of tourists there during the summer season and no problem.
    No corruption or moronic plans including quarantine,charters, fake local (!) insurance coverage and more ! People don’t starve in Greece and hotels, restaurants, shops and beaches had a reasonably good summer season.
    The difference between smart and stupid governments !!!

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      Jason

      September 28, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      Greece’s case numbers are back up and they will lockdown soon…..visitors need to be tested 72 hours prior and a rapid test on arrival.

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        Nipral

        September 28, 2020 at 9:48 pm

        Wrong ! No test needed upon arrival except for high risk countries. Lockdown rumors are fake news. Rapid test on arrival on a random basis.Period.

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      Mike Frenchie

      September 29, 2020 at 3:19 am

      They have not! Greece is bailed put by the Northern European countries…
      Only the IMF may bail out Thailand!

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    Mark Franklin

    September 28, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Why not have blood tests more accurate but cost more but still more affordable than 14 days quarantine only have between 3-7 days depending on the results Italy has people in quarantine for up to 6 weeks using PCR and swab test so this is madness Thailand will go bankrupt the government will fall under unemployment pressures the economy will take a decade to recover act now before its to late

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    Jason

    September 28, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Can I suggest a testing regime….. PCR test 72 hours prior to departure. Saliva Rapid Test on arrival (currently on trial in the UK and other countries). If negative, then free to travel within a definited area (eg Phuket). If positive, quarantine for 14 days and PCR Test to confirm negative. Then PCR test 72 hours prior to departure to country of origin. Rapid test on arrival. If negative free to pass. If positive after a PCR Test, 14 days quarantine.

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      Nipral

      September 28, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      Seems quite simple, straight forward and efficient !
      One major problem however : how are this government&friends “making money” with this ???!!!

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    Jason

    September 28, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    If world tourism is to return before a vaccine is found then every country needs to agree on such a model as I have suggested. It is not 100%, because no test is 100% accurate. But for all countries it means 97% accuracy in the case of rapid tests and 99.7% accuracy in the case of PCR Tests. I think this represents an “Acceptable Risk” for all countries. A risk where hospitals can cope.

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    September 28, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    There are a lot of “why not” questions here. I’ll add one… why not use your brain… the virus is already spread amongst more people than reported, and only kills a miniscule minority, and it incubates for 7 days. All these measures are futile. There are too many people on the Earth…

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