New quarantine venues for returnees in Bangkok

New quarantine venues for returnees in Bangkok

Staff disinfect the luggage of Thai returnees from the UAE who arrived on Saturday at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Staff disinfect the luggage of Thai returnees from the UAE who arrived on Saturday at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Additional state quarantine facilities in the capital are being offered to Thais returning from overseas this month, according to a Defence Ministry official.

The facilities include those in Qiu Hotel and Movenpick Hotel in central Bangkok.

Returnees are required to spend 14 days in state-designated quarantine facilities, many of them hotels, and must foot the bills themselves. The hotels were made available in conjunction with private hospitals.

Gen Chaichan Changmongkol, the deputy defence minister, and Gen Nat Intharacharoen, defence permanent secretary, on Saturday visited a ministry-run emergency centre that assists people affected by Covid-19.

They also attended a meeting with military units to review state quarantine measures.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich said 1,433 Thais are expected to return to the kingdom between now and Wednesday.

They are returning from Nepal, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, India, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Maldives, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, France and Germany, Gen Kongcheep said.

The returnees' health must be screened before they are placed in a state quarantine facility.

So far, 2,786 people who have returned to Thailand on repatriation flights and placed in venues nationwide. A total of 6,069 people are currently in 766 local quarantine facilities across the country, according to the ministry spokesman.

Gen Chaichan said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha instructed the armed forces to work with police and local organisations to carry out health screenings and arrange the land transport of passengers in some provinces during the lockdown. He also ordered authorities to help familiarise residents with Covid-19 restrictions, which the government has relaxed in recent days.

Thailand has recorded 2,960 confirmed cases.

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