Korat quarantining travellers from 'red zones'

Korat quarantining travellers from 'red zones'

A health worker sprays disinfectant at closed Marie Vithaya School in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Monday. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)
A health worker sprays disinfectant at closed Marie Vithaya School in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Monday. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Travellers from provinces declared maximum control "red zones" are now required to enter quarantine for 14 days on arriving in this northeastern province.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has declared 28 provinces "red zones".

Nakhon Ratchasima is a "yellow zone" under "close surveillance".

Governor Wichien Chantaranothai, chairman of the provincial communicable disease committee, said on Monday the restriction was required to stem the latest surge of the novel coronavirus. The number of new infections in the province stood at seven, with no more new cases since the New Year.

To be fully on guard, tough measures were needed, he said.

Therefore, on arriving in Nakhon Ratchasima people coming from "red zones" were required to have a health certificate and fill in a form seeking an entry permit before reporting to local health volunteers or community leaders. After that they must go into 14-day quarantine.

Korat residents could quarantine at home, and self-quarantine at the place they stay for non-Korat residents staying overnight or longer in the province.

Violators were liable to penalties under the Communicable Diseases Act of 2015.

The governor said education facilities in the province had not been ordered closed. However, administrators could decide themselves to close their doors if students and teachers were thought to be at-risk.

Some private schools had postponed re-opening after the New Year holidays, from Jan 5 to Jan 11, while they monitored the Covid-19 situation, he added.

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