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New police division to track tourists’ movements in fight against Covid-19



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A new division of the Royal Thai Police is being formed to monitor tourists’ movements as part of the ongoing suppression of the Covid-19 virus. According to national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda, the newly-created department, named the Covid-19 Investigation Division, will reportedly monitor both foreign tourists and repatriated Thai citizens. 

The news comes as Thailand is beginning to gradually lift international flight restrictions and initiate “travel bubble” arrangements between countries that are deemed to be at a low-risk for the spread of Covid-19.

A report in The Pattaya News says officers are expected to be drafted in from other divisions, including the Highway Police and Thai Marine Police.

Officials are reportedly considering the viability of a tracking app separate from the existing Thai Chana contact-tracing app. Tourists may also be subject to regular health screenings and other preventative measures.  However, there is no information as to how the division will track the targeted groups.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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  1. Kelvin Bamfield

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 11:26 am

    but the data protection act does not come into effect until September 2021?

  2. Michael Lewis

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Travel bubbles or, trubbles?

  3. Toby Andrews

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Another nail in the coffin of the death of foreign tourists visits to Thailand.

  4. Gordon G

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    ROTFL. Thailand is the last place on the planet I would visit it now. And if you’re in Thailand take your money out of the bank and don’t spend it. The country’s economy is going to collapse in the next few months and you will need it for basic living expenses.

  5. Glenn

    Monday, July 6, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    electronic ankle bracelets.
    falang specific version of Thai Chana (you really thought it was an innocent program?)

    how about waking up to the fact that the infection rate is quite small, the fatality rate in infinitesimally small, 99.95% of Thailand didn’t even get the sniffles from CV, many countries have fraudulent to extremely fraudulent numbers on the high side. CV turns out to be a hyped and propagandized version of influenza with about the same statistical results.

    either open the borders or don’t. either permanently kill 15-20% of GDP or don’t.

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