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Anutin proposes China, Korea be removed from dangerous disease zone list

Anutin proposes China, Korea be removed from dangerous disease zone list

THAILAND: The health minister has proposed China and South Korea be removed from the government’s list of dangerous disease zones, but visitors from there would still be subject to strict health controls.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 9 May 2020, 10:43AM

A cleaner sanitizes seats at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, ready for a domestic flight. But the government continues to ban new foreign visitors. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

A cleaner sanitizes seats at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, ready for a domestic flight. But the government continues to ban new foreign visitors. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

The government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) had approved in principle the removal of the two countries from the list, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said yesterday (May 8).

He did not know when the announcement would be made.

Mr Anutin allayed concerns that visitors from these areas could bring the disease with them.

Visitors would still be screened, as required under the executive decree and the communicable disease law administering the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

“There are many checkpoints for our protection. Please do not be worried about the matter,” Mr Anutin said.

CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said Mr Anutin had proposed the removal of China and South Korea from the list. However, the CCSA had not given its final approval yet. Agreement on procedures was still pending, he said.

“Our measures remain the same. Inbound flights are limited. Visitors must have health certificates. If they visit now, they must be quarantined at a state facility for 14 days.

“Tourists would not enjoy making a visit with these measures in place. Today, travel is not liberalised. People can rest assured,” he said.

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Rorri_2 | 18 May 2020 - 10:01:27

I guess the ultimate test will be how quickly other countries open up their airports, for flights, to and from Thailand, my guess, a long time, except maybe China.

Kurt | 18 May 2020 - 08:45:15

By CNN on May 17th: A Chinese doctor Zhong Nanshan warned Chinese Government that Covid-19 is spiking again in the province Wuhan, and northeastern provinces Heilong Jiang and Jilin. It is clear that China should not be removed now from the Thai dangerous disease zone list.

ematt | 14 May 2020 - 10:15:51

Wow, clearly Immigration needs to start administering basic tests of intelligence, and psychological stability, before renewing these non-immigrant visas!

Jor12 | 14 May 2020 - 05:15:37

So, some here are wanting us to implementing Darwin's natural selection theory. Just carry on as usual as if nothing happened. Allow those who contract the virus die and those lucky enough to survive or not contract the virus - which is highly unlikely - carry on and just watch those dying.

LALALA | 13 May 2020 - 20:09:06

...and Kurt, I never thought this day would come but I agree with Pascale...its very sad that the brainwashing obviously already worked with you.... very sad.

LALALA | 13 May 2020 - 20:07:04

Jor12...that you are on Facebook says it all

Jor12 | 13 May 2020 - 15:55:04

wow...and I thought Facebook was the haven for the conspiracy theorist nutters. PH has taken over.  

Kurt | 13 May 2020 - 15:52:11

LALALA, yes I understand what Dr Faucin is preaching. Testing, testing, and be careful with opening economies to early. Live a New Normal Life ( social distance/face masks) until vaccine is there. Guess I will feel more comfy to fly between vaccinated passengers than with those having a nonsense 'fit to travel' paper.

Pascale | 13 May 2020 - 15:34:28

Yeah Kurt,keep believing what Doc Faucin or other scientists say and recommend.Go on with being scared and your "new normal" life .Keep your social distance for coming years. I'm tired of people who would like to see everything being controlled until there is a vaccine.

LALALA | 13 May 2020 - 12:23:10

Kurt, do you understand what Dr. Faucin is saying ? This means that 1.5-2 years more control measures, tracking apps and other movement control.... than after this time the majority of the population is so intimidated that they will be happy to get this vaccine... and than the real game starts...if you ask me I will refuse any kind of vaccine because its a hype initiated and promoted for a reason 

Kurt | 13 May 2020 - 11:45:18

USA Dr Faucin,  leading authority in contaminating diseases told a Congressional Committee yesterday ( life on CNN) that it can take 1.5-2 years to have/make a vaccine.
Phuket Provincial Office must now make rules/regulations for 'New Normal' on the Island. Such as: No unregistered thai people on Phuket Island. Flying, taxi's, minivan's, lorrie busses seats with social distance.

maverick | 13 May 2020 - 06:31:38

The media has done an incredible job of sowing the seeds of panic and hysteria amongst populations - more people died in the flu epidemics of 1957 and 1968 over a million in each case and tens of thousands every year - don’t see this reported with the same veracity 

Jor12 | 13 May 2020 - 05:54:03

Thanks for the vote of confidence and caring. It's a great tribute you show to the world's scientists and medical people. When the vaccine is available, I will stand aside and let you in first. 

Jor12 | 13 May 2020 - 00:12:44

lala..It has been established that the deaths were caused not by measles, but by the 10,000 martians from Alpha Centauri, who landed in Jomtien.

LALALA | 12 May 2020 - 17:24:50

And the funny thing is that most of you believe in this hoax.... good luck with the vaccine guys. I hope it will be soon available for you.

LALALA | 12 May 2020 - 17:22:30

....thats why so what ? It is nothing than a hunt for budgets from the Pharma industry lobbying the WHO and hunting for budgets and the governments jumping on it to sell control measures to their citizens... they create fear and use it.

LALALA | 12 May 2020 - 17:19:56

Really Jor12... others are ? Again... they could not control the measles with 140k death, and they can not control the flu.... or why there are hundreds of thousands dying every year... despite the fact that more people die in traffic accidents in one day in Thailand than in 3 month from Covid 19. Cancer... is it controlled ? There are many other diseases which are much more fatal... 

Jor12 | 12 May 2020 - 14:35:26

So what?... its because Covid is not yet controlled, others are. Thats what.

Kurt | 12 May 2020 - 12:39:47

Jor12, there are no vaccines or medicines for Dengue and Chikungunya.

Kurt | 12 May 2020 - 11:19:48

Anyway, proposing to remove Korea and China from the dangerous disease list is madness. In both countries is Covid19 spiking again ( In China in Wuhan province again). China should be the very last country in the world to be removed off that list.

LALALA | 12 May 2020 - 08:54:38

And yes Jor12, Covid 19 is deadly, lets say can be deadly, so can be the flu, dengue, Chikungunya, malaria or driving motorbike in Thailand, so what ?

LALALA | 12 May 2020 - 08:49:20

Jor 12.... really ? Do you know that in a worldwide measles outbreak 2019/2020 more than 140.000 people, mostly children and infants died ? And you are calling this under Control ? 

Jor12 | 12 May 2020 - 04:10:37

Kurt...the diseases you mention have been controlled for years now by vaccines. If you haven't heard covid is deadly and a vaccine has not yet been discovered. 

Jor12 | 12 May 2020 - 04:05:22

Sam says, "In the West, farang health ministers are highly qualified and competent in medicine"  That clearly is not right and a quick check will show that to be incorrect.    The current Australian Health Minister is not a Doctor, only NZ.

Nekar09 | 11 May 2020 - 22:35:43

This doesn't even know what the difference is between a cold and a toothache!
Guys let's not be fooled. 


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