A soldier from the Naresuan task force stands guard on the Thai side of the border with Myanmmar in tambon Tha Sai Luad, Mae Sot district, Tak province. The border patrol has been stepped up to prevent security threats and a possible spread of Covid-19 throughillegal crossings. (Photo by Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
A panel of health experts said they agree in principle with the proposal to reduce the mandatory quarantine period for returnees from 14 to 10 days.
Speaking after the national communicable disease committee's meeting on Thursday, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the proposal is intended to help efforts to reopen the country to tourists and revive the economy.
The public health minister said the committee's panel of specialists have agreed in principle with the proposal to cut the current 14-day quarantine period for returnees to 10 days.
In place of the 14-day quarantine, the Department of Disease Control will monitor returnees for another four days once they complete a 10-day quarantine, the proposal said.
Movement tracing will be carried out and returnees must adhere to social distancing rules, avoid crowded places and wear a face mask in public places.
The proposal will be presented to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration for consideration, Mr Anutin said.
He said the Covid-19 situation in Thailand is under control, as most of the new infections are returnees.
''The priority now is to strike a balance between people's health and the economy. We have to work together to help revive the economy," Mr Anutin said.
committee : a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
communicable disease : a disease that can spread from one person or animal to another - โรคที่สามารถติดต่อได้
consideration : giving careful thought to something before making a decision - การคิดพิจารณา
in principle : in general terms without knowing the details or whether something is really possible - โดยหลัก
monitor : to regularly check someone/something - จับตาดู เฝ้าระมัดระวัง
proposal : a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ
revive : to come or bring something back to existence or use - ฟื้นฟู, ทำให้เกิดขึ้นอีก
track : to follow the development or progress of something - ติดตาม