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British visitors to be barred from entry

British visitors to be barred from entry

THAILAND: The Ministry of Public Health will ask the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to defer the entry of British visitors to the country after the fast-spreading B117 strain of COVID-19 was found in four British nationals entering Thailand on Dec 21.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 4 January 2021, 08:50AM


Health officials check the body temperature of visitors from China arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Shanghai on Oct 21, 2020. Photo: Somchai Poomlard.

Health officials check the body temperature of visitors from China arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Shanghai on Oct 21, 2020. Photo: Somchai Poomlard.

Department of Disease Control chief Opas Karnkawinpong said yesterday (Jan 3) all passengers who were on board the same flight as the four and anyone who had come into contact with them had been located, tested and found to be clear of the virus.

Dr Opas urged the public not to panic as Thailand is familiar with the fast-spreading COVID-19 strain - known as G-strain - found in Myanmar migrant workers. “B117 is similar to the G-strain from Myanmar in terms of it being fast-spreading,” Dr Opas said.

The four English patients are family members - parents and two children - from Kent. They have been placed in a hospital’s negative pressure room to prevent transmission and will not be released until medical officials test and clear them of COVID-19 risk, said Dr Yong Poovorawan, a chief at the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine.

The centre has been collecting genetic data from COVID-19 patients for research, according to Dr Yong - one of the country’s top virologists - who reported that the genetic variants found in the four patients are of the B117 strain which has spread rapidly in the UK recently.

Dr Yong wrote on his Facebook page that Thais do not need to be alarmed but warned the authority must pay more attention to English visitors.

It was reported that Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19, mutates regularly.

For B117, mutations that affect the “spike protein” on the virus surface attach to human cells faster, Dr Yong wrote.

B117 has already been found in several countries, including a few in Asia, including Singapore and Taiwan, a country with very low infection cases.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health insisted it would not ban the private sector from importing COVID-19 vaccines but insisted the vaccines must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Department of Medical Science director-general Supakit Sirilak said all imported vaccines must gain departmental approval to protect the safety of consumers.

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Mac | 04 January 2021 - 23:03:46

The strain is south African t was identified by UK scientists.
ITS in Europe so why brits being punished 

CaptainJack69 | 04 January 2021 - 12:49:09

So apparently you'll be able to get vaccinated at Bangkok Hospital for some mind boggling fee long before you'll ever be able to get it from the Thai state. Not that it will help as they'll still make everyone do 14 days quarantine to get into the country. And what about the 4 million Brits who've already been vaccinated? Right, of course, keep 'em out.

Fascinated | 04 January 2021 - 12:05:15

I think it should have been better titled 'visitors FROM Britain to be barred'. Everybody seems to be going off on  one about this on the original source of the article without actually considering what is being planned. THe UK is high rish at the moment so it makes sense to restrict access. Just another poorly worded BP article creating hysteria, amongs the professional moaners.

 

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