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Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority announces health and safety regulations




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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.



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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Oh Thais with some power have invented more restrictions. They love to. They will go to sleep will smiles on their faces tonight.
    It will not work. The few that were flying will change their minds now.
    Airlines are dying in Thailand and these fools making extra rules will kill airlines off.

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    Mr cynic

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Probably a good time to invest in a couple of water buffalo and a cart to get around in thailand.

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Destroying the economy doesn’t help the pandemic, it just adds to it.

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:59 am

    If in the past 13 days the daily total of covid-19 positive results has been roughly 1,000 people each day, how can only 6,190 people currently be in hospital care? Dont they keep everyone in the hospitals for 14 days at least, or more if they become very ill? In which case at least 14,000 should currently be in hospital care. I know there are daily discharges for certain amount of people after they finish their quarantine but numbers dont seem to add up. Am i missing something here?

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 4:33 am

    What idiots actually believe in the cough story??? They belong in the field of grass grazing waiting for their slaughter 5555

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    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:05 am

    I have notice that the issue of social distancing on the public transport system is not given a mention. Two weeks ago I flew to Bangkok from up north. On the airport link train every seat,including those marked with the social distancing X was occupied and standing passengers were shoulder to shoulder. Same applied to the BTS.

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