251 Thais, 20 with fever, fly home from London

251 Thais, 20 with fever, fly home from London

Thais returning from London prepare to board buses to state quarantine hotels near Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)
Thais returning from London prepare to board buses to state quarantine hotels near Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday. (Photo by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan)

A total of 251 Thai citizens stranded in the United Kingdom by Covid-19 arrived home on a flight from London yesterday afternoon.

They were received after a Thai Airways flight landed at Suvarnabhumi airport at 2.40pm by the deputy chief-of-staff of the armed forces, the airport deputy director and Disease Control Department officials.

Twenty of the returnees were found to have high temperatures while going through a health screening point at the airport and were sent to a hospital, 16 were taken to alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facilities of their choices and one monk was taken to a provided facility.

The rest were taken by buses to hotels in Samut Prakan and Bangkok for a 14-day quarantine.

Vocabulary

  • alternative: another choice - ทางเลือก, ตัวเลือก
  • chief-of-staff (noun): the most senior officer in the army, navy, or air force - เสนาธิการ
  • facility (noun): a building, equipment, etc., used for a particular purpose - โรงงาน, สถานบริการ, สิ่งก่อสร้าง, สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก
  • fever: an abnormally high body temperature - ไข้
  • quarantine (noun): a situation in which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - การกักบริเวณ, การจำกัดบริเวณ
  • returnee: someone who is "returning" to some place -
  • stranded: left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else - ปล่อยเกาะ ถูกทิ้งไว้

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