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Thailand prepares 3,500 hotel rooms to quarantine returnees after flight ban is lifted

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Thailand is anticipating an onslaught of quarantined returnees once the incoming flight ban is lifted, and the government is preparing about 3,500 private hotel rooms in Bangkok and upcountry, to house them. The ban, imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, is due to expire next Saturday.

Thailand’s Deputy Defence Minister and Defence Permanent Secretary met with officials today to discuss preparations.

In addition to the hotel quarantine facilities, hospitals will also be prepared to accommodate those who test positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus. There will be medical personnel and guards stationed at the hotels to look after those in quarantine.

The government is urging returnees to adhere strictly to the rules during the 14 day quarantine period, and asks their families not to be overly concerned, because those in quarantine will be well looked after.

Currently, around 768 returnees are quarantined at Sattahip Naval Base, the Air Force’s flying school in Nakhon Pathom province, and four hotels in Bangkok.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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