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Thailand Post boosts anti-coronavirus measures

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Thailand’s postal service announced this week that it’s employing health and safety measures to protect customers and staff from the COVID-19 coronavirus. According to Thai Post CEO and acting managing director Kalong Subsa-ard:

“We will be using disinfectant spray at stations that receive inbound parcels from overseas. This applies to all parcels from all countries, not only China, as a precaution against the virus which could spread from person to person.”

The measure will begin at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi office, the point of entry for parcels from overseas before they’re distributed to other offices around the country.

“Three more offices will soon follow including Laksi Centre, Bangkok EMS Centre and Bangkok Mail Centre.”

Thailand Post has distributed 100,000 sanitary masks to employees and advised them to wear them while interacting with customers, and to keep the workplace clean at all times.

Kalong says that due to the coronavirus outbreak, international mail services to many destinations are affected as follows:

➤ Sending parcels to China will be limited to Courier Post and International LogisPost, to all destinations except Wuhan and Hubei province, which are temporarily closed. China Post also warns of late delivery since they are avoiding face-to-face delivery and will call recipients to pick up parcels at post office lockers.

➤ Hong Kong has warned of late delivery.

➤ Dispatches to Mongolia are available only through EMS World. All international mail to North Korea is suspended.

Senders wishing to cancel mail that has not yet been dispatched can contact the originating post office to retrieve it and get a full refund. For more information, contact 1545 or thailandpost.co.th

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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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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