Quarantine rooms sought
The government is speeding up efforts to secure an additional 7,000 rooms to use as quarantine facilities for Thai citizens coming from abroad.
The move was agreed at a meeting between Deputy Defence Minister Chaichan Changmongkol and Defence permanent secretary Nat Intaracharoen on Monday.
The meeting's goal was to assess how effective the government has been in providing Thai returnees with state quarantine facilities in recent months and what can be done to improve conditions for those expected to come home soon.
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported that 9,000 Thais have registered with Thai embassies and consulates to return to the country by month's end.
Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich said the government's plans to better manage the screening of Thai returnees to place them in state quarantine facilities were also discussed.
Lt Gen Kongcheep said the Foreign Ministry had informed them that many more Thais were continuing to register with the ministry to return home, adding the government has considered doubling returnee numbers to 400 a day.
Because of the increasing number of Thais wishing to return home, the government is looking to speed up access to those 7,000 additional rooms needed for quarantine, said Lt Gen Kongcheep.