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The ship without a port – Costa Fortuna heads for Singapore

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After being turned away by Thai and Malaysian authorities, over fears of possible coronavirus patients being aboard, the Costa Fortuna is now heading to Singapore. But Singapore port authorities are not saying if they will allow the ship to dock at this stage.

The operator of the cruise ship Costa Fortuna says it was heading to Singapore to end its journey tomorrow, as planned, after it was turned away from Malaysia and Thailand over coronavirus fears.

The Italian cruise ship attempted to dock in Phuket, Thailand on March 6, but its passengers were denied permission to disembark by Thai officials because it was carrying passengers who had left Italy within the last two weeks.

On March 7, the Costa Fortuna attempted to dock in Penang, south of Thailand in Malaysia in the Malacca Strait, but was denied due to a Malaysian ban on cruise ships.

Italian cruise line owners Costa Crociere claims there were no suspected virus cases among the passengers, but confirmed that their passenger manifesto included Italians. Italy now has the largest number of cases of the virus outside China with 7,375 infections (Monday).

Costa Crociere also announced today that it is cancelling a cruise due to depart on March 10 out of Singapore.

Costa Fortuna is a cruise ship for Costa Crociere built in 2003 on the same platform as Carnival Cruise Lines’ Destiny class. She was refurbished between December 10 – 16, 2018

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Costa Fortuna sitting in Patong Bay, unable to disembark its passengers

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A Bangkok hospital offers free drive-through Covid-19 tests for taxi drivers

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Few industries see more contact with potentially infected people than transportation services. That is why a new drive through testing system has been developed in the nation’s capital.

Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi on Bangna-Trat Road has launched free drive-through Covid-19 tests for taxi drivers who live or work in Bang Na, Bang Kaew, Bang Phli, Suvarnabhumi Airport or Samut Prakan province, and may been in contact with Covid-19 patients or visitors from high-risk countries.

To receive a free test, taxi operators must register at the hospital website and book an appointment. The free service will serve only ten drivers per day. Bangkok has an estimated 140,000 taxi drivers, hmmm.

Princ Hospital Suvarnabhumi also provides drive-through tests to the public for 5,500 baht per person and will email the result within a few days.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Curfew violations on the rise

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Despite the Emergency Decree of a nationwide curfew enforced by police checkpoints, armed soldiers, hefty fines and threats of jail time, people are still found to be violating the orders by going out.

This from Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

“Not only are people ignoring the curfew, but the numbers of those caught violating the Emergency Decree is on the rise.”

As of today, 1,293 people have violated the curfew, warnings were issued to 246 and 1,047 others have been prosecuted. Most were caught in group settings.

Dr Taweesin is urging people to stay indoors if it is not necessary for them to go outside in order to cut down on the spread of Covid-19. Though the number of new infections has dropped dramatically from hundreds to just 38 new cases today, he said it is not time for people to let their guards down or “we could see a resurgence in the numbers”.

SOURCE: The Nation

• Stay at home • Apply rigorous social distancing, about 2 metres, at all times • Wash your hands regularly and be vigilant about personal hygiene • Stock up now on vital medications • Keep abreast of all your local news and restrictions • Always wear a facemark when in public places.

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Thai government schools push reopening to July 1

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The cabinet announced today that government schools will be permitted to reopen from July 1 instead of May 16, which was in the original school calendar.

A government spokesman says the cabinet acknowledged that the first semester of the 2020 academic year will have to be adjusted and schools will be permitted to start the semester on July 1, a near two month delay from the previously anticipated May 16 start date first proposed by the Education Ministry.

International schools will announce their own re-opening dates at some stage.

SOURCE: The Nation
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