Air force passes quarantine breach buck to health ministry

Air force passes quarantine breach buck to health ministry

Air force chief ACM Manat Wongwat.
Air force chief ACM Manat Wongwat.

The health ministry was responsible for allowing an Egyptian military delegation later found to include an officer infected with Covid-19 to go shopping in Rayong during their stopover in Thailand, air force chief ACM Manat Wongwat said on Tuesday

A stopover by a military airplane on a long-haul flight for refueling and to rest the crew and passengers  was normal international practice, ACM Manat said.

The role of the air force was to approve or disapprove a stopover request by a plane carrying a military delegation. The health ministry was responsible for coronavirus checks  and quarantine. 

He was responding to news reports that members of an Egyptian military delegation headed to China who stopped over in Rayong had visited a local shopping centre. One of them was later found to be infected with Covid-19 disease.  

ACM Manat said when the Foreign Ministry received a stopover request from an embassy it was forwarded to the air force for approval.

If approved, the air force sent the matter back to the Foreign Ministry, which then advised the embassy to coordinate the stopover with a destination airport.

The embassy and the Foreign Ministry would settle on communicable disease prevention measures in accordance with the executive decree on public administration in emergency situations, and the requirements of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, ACM Manat said.

During the immigration process, an emergency operation centre (EOC) at the destination airport would  screen the visitors' health and arrange for quarantine, he said.

The EOCs are under the supervision of the Public Health Ministry.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (27)

Australia keep last-16 hopes alive

AL WAKRAH, Qatar: Australia won a World Cup match for only the third time in their history with a dogged 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday to revive their last-16 hopes.

19:20

Broadcast battle

A day after the telecom regulator said all IPTV operators must be allowed to carry World Cup matches, a court upholds a complaint by True, forcing its rivals to go dark again.

19:07

Couple arrested with 3.7m speed pills in Ayutthaya

A couple alleged to be major drug traffickers in Ayutthaya have been arrested with 3.7 million speed pills seized in Wang Noi district. A man who came to pick up drugs from them was also arrested.

17:34