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Quarantine for Covid may be cut to 10 days

Quarantine for Covid may be cut to 10 days

BANGKOK: The Department of Disease Control has advised the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to reduce the quarantine period for returnees from 14 to 10 days.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 17 October 2020, 02:19PM

Quarantine for Covid may be cut to 10 days from14. Photo: NNT

Quarantine for Covid may be cut to 10 days from14. Photo: NNT

The department will formally submit the recommendation to the CCSA’s sub-committee tasked to oversee quarantining at a meeting next week, Bangkok Post reports.

The sub-committee then will forward the advice to the main body of the CCSA which will make a decision by the end of this month.

If the CCSA approves the recommendation, the new quarantine duration is expected to be implemented next month, according to Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the DDC.

The recommendation is based on the department’s monitoring of foreigners and returnees to Thailand, as well as research from Switzerland and the country’s own quarantine situation.

Dr Sophon Iamsirithavorn, chief of the Communicable Disease Division, said that four days less of quarantine would not affect the efficacy of Thailand’s coronavirus prevention measures.

"It is obvious that there is no difference between 10 or 14 quarantine days with visitors who come from countries with very low rates of infection," Dr Sophon told the media in a press briefing yesterday at the Public Health Ministry.

The results show the most effective time for controlling infection is from one to 10 days, and lower afterwards.

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He further explained that, in Thailand, it found that the percentage of Covid-19 infected returnees from China, Australia and Taiwan is 0.04%; in Australia it is 0.48% and New Zealand it is 0.1%.

The average infection rate of infected returnees is 0.63%.

In contrast, the number of infections is very high, at 5%, among returnees from Kuwait, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.

As of April this year to date, there have been 116,219 returnees under the state quarantine system.

In other news, health officials in Tak province on Friday found two Thais had been infected with coronavirus.

These villagers are among the 4,600 local people who were summoned to take Covid-10 tests because they had been in contact with Myanmar drivers who tested positive for the deadly virus last week.

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Capricornball | 18 October 2020 - 13:00:25

Oh boy...shaving a whopping 4 days off will have people flocking here in droves!  Especially if they are promised a round-the-clock escort by a designated health official.  With these officials at the helm, I feel sorry for the Thai people that rely on tourism.

Kurt | 18 October 2020 - 12:01:27

@ Stevet, you are right! Thailand is not interested, not give a single thought or even wanted to understand foreign guests ( tourists). It are just many Ministries desk tigers competing/contradicting each other with the most unworkable regimental tourist handling as they are pieces of merchandise. On top of it now the Thai 'Call for Thai Democracy unrest'. Count your blessings, Thailand.

stevet | 18 October 2020 - 08:18:35

If you want visitors to come back, you must understand their concerns and wishes.  Discuss with low-risk cities such as Hong Kong and Singapore for mutually-recognized health checks without quarantine , and simplify entry processing.  Hong Kong and Singapore agreed no quarantine between two cities.  Tourist will come back, which will help solve the current financial difficulties, please don't ...


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