The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand says airlines must continue to follow health and safety regulations as the country has seen a 3rd wave of the Covid-19 virus. Its the third time the CAAT have introduced restrictions on in-flight services since airlines were grounded in April last year.
The authority says new guidelines to take effect today include…
• Maintaining social distancing practises on passenger services at all levels of operations, from check-in and boarding and disembarking.
• Passengers are required to wear masks at all times during the flight, while using hand sanitiser and washing hands.
• Food and drinks cannot be served or consumed on board. Crews may offer drinking water to passengers in predetermined social distancing areas in the aircraft.
• Newspapers, magazines, or brochures provided on board are prohibited except for safety cards or pamphlets.
• Pilots are required to wear masks, while all cabin crew must wear both masks and gloves at all times when on duty.
• Flights longer than 90 minutes must set aside seats in the last 2 rows in case someone falls sick on board.
Today, Thailand has reported 965 people as infected with Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. The daily total is the first drop in daily numbers for 13 days. 28,288 people have fully recovered. The total deaths remains at 97 people since the start of the pandemic in Thailand. 6,190 people remain under hospital care or are being monitored. 654 of today’s cases are local community infections.
The country recently has seen a 3rd wave of the virus, with Bangkok entertainment venues being considered the epicentre. Thong Lor district in Bangkok has also seen the UK variant B117 in many of its infections. Now, it is the most prominent strain of Covid-19 in the UK.
Studies showed that the B117 strain is more deadly, with 1 study showing deaths from UK variant infections were 30 to 100% higher than earlier variants. The strain also has at least 23 mutations identified so far. However, a new study by The Lancet indicates that even though the strain has a higher reproductive and transmission rate, it is not more severe.
SOURCE: TAT News
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