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No quarantine for illegal workers returning from South Korea

No quarantine for illegal workers returning from South Korea

THAILAND: Illegal workers returning home from South Korea to escape the COVID-19 epidemic are being put into voluntary self-quarantine because there is no law requiring they be quarantined, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said today (Mar 3).

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 3 March 2020, 03:45PM

Military vehicles spray disinfectant on a road near Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu, South Korea as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo: AFP

Military vehicles spray disinfectant on a road near Dongdaegu railway station in Daegu, South Korea as part of preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo: AFP

Since South Korea has not declared a lockdown, unlike China’s Wuhan, the returnees are not required to enter quarantine, he said.

Asked how checks could be kept on the returnees, to ensure they do not leave their homes and go to public places, Gen Prawit said they could only be asked not to do that. There was no law to prevent them do so.

Yesterday (Mar 2), Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department, said the Public Health Ministry was considering whether to apply the same measures as applied to the Wuhan cases.

When 137 Thais returned to Thailand from Wuhan early last month, they were all quarantined for 14 days.

The ministry has been forced to consider more strict measures as thousands of illegal Thai workers in South Korea, known as phi noy (little ghosts), have been returning home.

There are roughly 20,000 Thais working legally in South Korea, and at least 140,000 illegal workers.

The Labour Ministry said yesterday that legal Thais were staying in South Korea to serve out their contracts, but 4,000 illegal labourers have returned home since December. What scared Thai officials was that many illegal workers returned to Thailand from Daegu, the centre of the virus outbreak in South Korea.

The return of the illegal Thai is mainly due to a policy of the South Korean government to allow overstayers to leave - part of a campaign to discourage illegal workers. Those illegally living in South Korea who leave are not being charged with overstaying and not being put on a blacklist.

Others decided to return due to fear of the virus.

The Public Health Ministry said today health volunteers across the country will be employed to monitor the health of Thais returning from South Korea.

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Rorri_2 | 07 March 2020 - 05:45:24

Kurt, Thailand doesn't not need to isolate Chinese, Thailand not have problem,  they have cure hahahaa... personally I think Thailand is a ticking time bomb. Yes Jor12, my personal opinion, I am entitled to it, what is your opinion.

Jor12 | 07 March 2020 - 04:18:43

Just because they are born with a likeness to Koreans or Chinese, does it mean they are from there?  Now you are a racist too. 

Kurt | 06 March 2020 - 14:21:25

CNN: Japan now put all visitors from China and S-Korea in quarantine!  When is Thailand following in that? Chinese still walk in/out Thailand, just temperature taken.

Jor12 | 06 March 2020 - 12:13:23

k...why don't you read the article so you don't write false comments. All the facts are there.

Kurt | 06 March 2020 - 09:31:25

How health volunteers (a volunteers job?) monitor the health of illegal stayed Thai in S-Korea after their return in Thailand.? Most simply disappear under the radar after returning due to the absence of a normal person registration system in Thailand. ( that is only for foreigners)

DeKaaskopp | 05 March 2020 - 17:09:05

"obsessed by the few illegal foreigners in Thailand" Kurt,you should make yourself aware about the real figures of illegals in Thailand.A few ? Nonsense ! And what do you have to care about Thai's in Korea ? Better to look after yourself.

Jor12 | 05 March 2020 - 16:29:43

k... and how is any government going to prevent any of its citizens from engaging in illegal or any activity for that matter anywhere in the world. 

Jor12 | 05 March 2020 - 16:26:14

On topic and relevant as airplanes travel in straight lines not follow roads, which demonstrates 
the rambling incoherent diatribe against various comentators, the contents of which contain argumentative and at times unintelligible material that at best could be characterised as insulting, which warrants your claims being ignored. 

Rorri_2 | 05 March 2020 - 15:50:39

Correction... "servers no use."

Rorri_2 | 05 March 2020 - 11:01:38

Jor12... stay on subject, serves on use going back to a discussion at least 2 years old.

Rorri_2 | 05 March 2020 - 10:59:49

Jor12, again wrong, that discussion was by road, you are the one who used a straight line distance incorrectly...

Kurt | 05 March 2020 - 10:32:51

Is it not time the Thai government effect measures to prevent Thai working illegal abroad? Thailand is so obsessed by the few foreigners staying illegal in Thailand, what is the thinking of Thai Government about their overwhelming numbers own Thai citizens being illegal abroad? Violating other countries laws.

Christy Sweet | 05 March 2020 - 09:07:04

Spraying down a road? Not only ineffective and wasteful but polluting the water run off systems. 

Kurt | 05 March 2020 - 08:25:13

Seems now the thai government decided that the more than 140,000 thai illegals in South Korea are going in quarantine after return in Thailand.  (B-Post)  A wise decision.

Jor12 | 05 March 2020 - 05:21:34

More senseless comments from the one who cannot find the distance between two points on the globe and believes that nominee shareholders is not illegal. How can a comment that sick people are to be treated be foolish? Just defies logic and common sense.

Rorri_2 | 04 March 2020 - 14:46:11

Jor12, this scare must be hurting you, in the hip pocket, why else would you be like the Thai "government, and officials," so eager to hide the truth.

Rorri_2 | 04 March 2020 - 14:44:27

"What on earth are you talking about? If they are found to be infected they will be treated, just like anyone else," more foolish comments, from the serial annoyance.. minimum 14 days incubation period, so quite possible no signs of COVID-19 when they land, this does not mean virus free, a strong possibility some may be carriers, free to roam and spread the virus.

Jor12 | 04 March 2020 - 14:28:54

What exactly is the point of your silly comment. If they found to be infected they will be treated. What is point of denying infections from anyone?

Kurt | 04 March 2020 - 10:08:54

With the oversupply of laws Thailand has, I am sure there is one to pick and detain/quarantine returning illegal Thai workers from S-Korea. Point is thai government doesn't want to loose face about 140,000 thai illegal workers return. Denial/ignore. Perhaps welcome them back with flowers.

Jor12 | 04 March 2020 - 08:50:59

What on earth are you talking about? If they are found to be infected they will be treated, just like anyone else. 

Kurt | 04 March 2020 - 08:50:31

Good luck with that 'self quarantine' of returning thai illegal workers from S-Korea, experts in hiding. Nothing blocks them to sit together with neighbours in thai villages and having meals together. Digging together their spoons in the same dishes.  ( saliva exchange)

Kurt | 04 March 2020 - 08:05:33

When 140,000 illegal thai workers return from S-Korea things can coronavirus wise become messy in Thailand. ( like it does in S-Korea) With the poor registration system in Thailand, many thai who return will disappear off the radar.


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