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US delegation arrives, submits to Covid-19 screening

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The chief of staff of the US army, General James C. McConville, arrived in Thailand today with an entourage for a 2 day trip, at the invitation of the Royal Thai Army. He has also granted permission for the publication of the results of his Covid-19 swab test. McConville and his entourage landed at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport at 10:15am after completing an official visit to Singapore. The entire delegation had to undergo Covid-19 tests immediately upon arrival.

Army chief Apirat Kongsompong was on hand to welcome his guests as well as provide information on the preventive measures Thailand has taken, leading to its success in containing the spread of the virus, an extremely low mortality rate and a recovery rate of over 95%. The US delegation is the first group of government guests to arrive since the fifth phase of the easing of lockdown measures was announced.

The guests, as well as Thai Army officials, are required to strictly follow measures set out by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, including ensuring seats in all vehicles are partitioned, cleaned and sanitised as per guidelines.

The vehicles must also carry alcohol based sanitising gel and pads, waste bins for disposal, radio for communication with drivers and disinfectant spray for the driver to use to sanitise the vehicle.

The Thai Army chief says that if this system proves successfully, the government will use it for future official visits.

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Declan Murphy

    Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 2:54 am

    Ireland, undercovid19 lockdown, closed Shannon airport. Closed to all except for American military that is.​ It was reported widely American troops abroad had confirmed cases of covid19. The US military announced movement of troops will be halted due to this this fact. They are still landing troops in Shannon as has been the case since before covid19. Now I see Thailand has allowed US army personnel into the country disregarding the strict Thai covid19 restrictions that apply to bar most other travellers from entering Thailand. I am not in Thailand now but I am in Laos PDR. I am not allowed into Thailand due to covid19 and don’t know when I will be allowed to enter Thailand again. I have been in this limbo for 3 months so far. I have a return ticket(in theory at least) to Shannon from Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi. I have never killed anybody nor have I caused any trouble in any country I have been in.I understand the difficulties envolved with covid19 and international air travel. I am not looking for any preferential treatment to be allowed travel to my home and to my family. I wonder if I adopt a selfish and belligerent attitude to the world around me would this persuade the Irish and Thai governments to change their minds and let me go home.

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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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