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Website, self-quarantine for post-Songkran Bangkok travellers

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th website to register people returning to Bangkok.

Bangkok is taking proactive steps to deal with the likely surge of Covid-19 cases after the Songkran holiday, asking those returning to Bangkok to submit their timelines online and self-quarantine 14 days. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang is urging all people entering Bangkok to visit a website where they can perform a self-evaluation to assess their Covid-19 risk.

The website, bkkcovid19.bangkok.go.th, allows travellers returning to Bangkok to input their travel timelines and their personal information after scanning a QR code. The system will help with contact tracing, aggregating all the travel information to make following any threads of Covid-19 spread much more efficient. Health officials will be able to access and contact anyone thought to have come in contact with a Covid-19 infected person.

Songkran is usually one of the busiest travel periods of the year with millions of people going on holiday or visiting relatives. The government launches road safety campaigns to combat the swell in traffic and accidents. And even with Covid-19 cancelling most Songkran celebrations, Bangkok still saw nearly 8 million vehicles coming and going this festival period. A swell in Coronavirus infections spread throughout the country is likely as people travelled all over Thailand and back to celebrate the Thai New Year’s holiday.

Governor Aswin explained the platform is hoped to help contain possible outbreaks by providing crucial information to health officials to trace Covid-19 spread. The system will analyze infection risk for each person who registers and give them instructions on how to proceed. People deemed to be at risk will receive a free Covid-19 swab test from Bangkok health officials, while low-risk cases will be instructed to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

SOURCE: The Pattaya Mail

 

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    Fred Johnson

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 4:40 am

    now that there is a big outbreak in Thailand as in the rest of the world, why not shut down the country so they can get their golden calves back from abroad sooner than if they drive with curfews and some bans here and there. will not spin and ping in tourist dollars for a very long time in thailand i can believe. But it has already been driven for many in the country already anyway.

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    Nicholas Paul KNIGHT

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Governor Aswin is living in cloud cuckoo land, when you have people who happily travelled from the Red zone to the provinces , NOT quarantining and some happily lying to medical staff, does he think for one moment thay are going to self-isolate and follow the guidelines.
    Where I live is NOW a RFED ZONE thanks to lack of Government action.

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    Jason

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Anyone feel like this is just farting in the wind? These words sound right but will have zero effect because there is no enforcement behind it.

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    Simon Small

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Self quarantine voluntarily for 14 days?

    Zero chance of that happening without a lockdown – a waste of time even trying.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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