Navy ready for quarantine at Sattahip

Navy ready for quarantine at Sattahip

A view inside the naval base in Sattahip, Chon Buri province, where Thais brought back home from Wuhan will be quarantined for 14 days. (Bangkok Post file photo)
A view inside the naval base in Sattahip, Chon Buri province, where Thais brought back home from Wuhan will be quarantined for 14 days. (Bangkok Post file photo)

All Thais to be repatriated from Wuhan will be quarantined at naval facilities in Chon Buri as the government is preparing for the evacuation on Tuesday.

Royal Thai Navy spokesman Prachachart Sirisawat said on Monday five buildings had been prepared for Thais to be evacuated from the epicentre of the virus outbreak on Tuesday.

The buildings are at the naval base in Sattahip district. A command centre to monitor their conditions will also be set up at Abhakornkiatiwong Hospital inside the base, he added.

Vice Adm Prachachart, deputy naval chief-of-staff, assured the safety of people living in the district since the place was isolated from the community.

The evacuees will be placed at the facilities for 14 days, the incubation period of the novel coronavirus. They will be allowed to leave if they do not show symptoms after that period.

So far, 144 of 160 Thais living in Hubei province of which Wuhan is the capital have registered to return home.

A Thai AirAsia flight will leave for Wuhan on Tuesday morning. Flight FD570 will depart Don Mueang airport at 7.10am and arrive in Wuhan at 11.35am. The return flight is FD571, which leaves the Chinese city at 12.40am and reaches Bangkok at 3.35pm.

The return flight, however, may be delayed due to screening and safety processes, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said, adding they would more likely arrive in Thailand at night.

The minister was tight-lipped on the details of the return flight. According to the preparation by the navy, the plane is expected to land at U-tapao airport and the passengers will be taken to the quarantine place.

Three Thai diplomats travelled from the embassy in Beijing to Wuhan on Saturday to prepare for the repatriation.

Mr Anutin said he would go with the 16-member medical team to Wuhan since Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha assigned him to supervise the process.

Thailand has 19 confirmed cases of virus infection with no confirmed deaths.

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