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Thai virus expert says it’s too soon for foreign tourists

Caitlin Ashworth

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It’s too early to think about opening the country’s doors to foreign travellers, one Thai public health expert says. With the coronavirus still spreading in other parts of the world, Chulaongkorn University epidemiologist Thira Woratanarat warns that letting tourists in while domestic restrictions are still easing poses a serious risk.

Worathanarat wrote a post on his Facebook page, citing the numbers of virus cases in other countries that increased by the tens of thousands in just one day. He added that other countries that have been deemed low-risk and possible travel bubble countries, like Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia, have recently had a resurgence in infections.

“So, the talk of travel bubble agreements and welcoming foreign patients under medical and wellness tourism to generate revenue would be asking for trouble.”

He added that Thailand shouldn’t even entertain the idea at this time, but says that decision is up to the Thai PM.

The next phase of restrictions lifting is this week. Schools, bars and massage parlours are reopening on Wednesday, July 1. Worathanarat says the country’s coronavirus situation should be monitored for the next month to make sure there are no new local infections. Officials talked about allowing tourist under a travel bubble scheme to enter the country starting August 1, but tourists would need to “villa quarantine” which means that would not be able to leave their accomodation during their visit.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Facebook

ทะลุสิบล้านคนแล้วนะครับวันนี้ และเสียชีวิตทะลุห้าแสนคนแล้วเช่นกัน28 มิถุนายน 2563 ตัวเลขผู้ติดเชื้อไวรัสโรค COVID-19…

Posted by Thira Woratanarat on Saturday, June 27, 2020

 

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    Michael Cosgrove

    Monday, June 29, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    All inbound travellers should at their own cost be tested on arrival and quarantine over night wait for result

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    Glenn

    Monday, June 29, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    “Quarantine Tourism”

    “Medical Incarceration Tourism”

    “Restricted Medical Holiday”

    “Amazing Quarantine”

    “My life in a bubble, or, how I visited Thailand and only saw the innards of a hotel room”

    USSA: test for CV is positive, give another test to confirm… results given to govt equals TWO positive cases. Right.

    Fell down stairs and broke neck > cause of death = Covid
    88yrs old living in hospice and with terminal cancer > cause of death = Covid
    90yr old bed-ridden in nursing home > cause of death = Covid
    70yr old choked on a hotdog > cause of death = Covid

    Hospitals near empty and laying off nurses… but but but there’s a pandemic…where?

    CV is on par with the flu. There have been worse flu seasons. The rest is govt and media hype and propaganda.

    Thailand (and many others) have fallen for the biggest scam on the planet. The longer they continue to believe the scam, the worse the Thai economy will get, the more unemployed there will be, the more businesses will go bankrupt… Wake up Thailand!

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      steen thomsen

      Monday, June 29, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Cv er på niveau med influenza, Sikke noget vrøvl. Se på USA og Brasilien f.eks…
      Thailand har overskud på valutabalancen og har råd til at vente.
      VÅGN OP GLENN. Vi vil ikke have Trumptilstande i Thailand

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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