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CCSA to consider opening Thailand’s borders to limited entry by foreign visitors
Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is to consider opening the country’s borders to allow a limited number of foreigners to enter the country under the proposed travel bubble tourism program.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said on Monday that the CCSA will divide foreign arrivals into categories. Namely those requiring quarantine for 14 days and those who will visit for a short period and, therefore, do not needed to be isolated.

The first category includes businessmen, skilled workers, those who have Thai families and those who have residences in Thailand. Dr. Taweesin said that there are already 700 foreign businessmen and investors, and some 22,000 skilled foreign workers and experts, who have applied to enter Thailand.

Moreover, there are 2,000 foreign expatriates who want to return to visit their families, he said, adding that these foreigners do not mind if they are asked to spend 14 days in quarantine, because they are long term stayers.

There are also people who seek medical services in Thailand. Dr. Taweesin said that there are about 30,000 such potential visitors, who do not have problem being quarantined in hospital.

Those who do not have to be quarantined include businessmen and investors who want to make short 3 to 5 day visits, foreigners who are guests of the Government and are attending conferences or meetings, and ordinary tourists from countries listed as low risk, such as Japan and South Korea.  thaipbsworld.com

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Re: Covid-19: Severn groups of foreigners expected to be allowed entry
« Reply #331 on: June 22, 2020, 05:34:48 PM »
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Seven groups of foreigners expected to be allowed entry



The government plans to allow seven groups of foreigners to enter the country, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, announced today (June 22). The committee has divided these into two main groups.

The first group may not include those under the so-called “travel bubble” international pact as they may be required to undertake state quarantine on entry:

1. Businessman and investors (around 700 have registered to enter).

2. Skilled labourers and exporters who need to inspect factories or for specific business purposes (around 22,000 have registered).

3. Foreigners married to Thais, or permanent residents of Thailand (around 2,000 have registered).

4. Medical and wellness tourists (around 30,000 have registered).



 The other group comprises travellers who won’t need to go into quarantine on entry:

1. Businessman on short-duration stays, including those coming into the country for business discussions. This group might need a specific area and intense screening both before travel and at arrival at airports. Considered a “power group”, these are entrepreneurs who will visit the country to sign business contracts or inspect sites or factories, which is essential to the economy.

2. Government guests who are invited for ceremonies or specific seminars.

3. Tourists under the travel bubble. Dr Taweesin said that the target countries are China, Japan and South Korea, which are presently trying to contain the virus.

The CCSA aims to discuss the issue in depth with the Cabinet after finalising the details.
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Confirmed: Investors, medical tourists to be allowed in first
It was confirmed on Monday that investors and businessmen based in Thailand, and medical tourists, would probably be the first foreigners allowed in when the kingdom gradually reopens its doors to outsiders.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said visitors allowed in would have to submit to quarantine for 14 days, like returning Thais do.

The first group would be investors and businessmen based in the country, with 700 people having already requested entry.

About 22,000 highly-skilled workers and experts comprised the second group, along with 2,000 foreigners waiting to return to their Thai families, and other expats.

The third group comprised 30,000 people who want to come for medical services.

Gen Natthaphol Nakpanich, deputy army chief and deputy chairman of the lockdown-easing committee, would propose the lists to the CCSA meeting on Friday for confirmation.

“It will be proposed they be allowed to enter the country to drive the economy forward,” Dr Taweesilp said.

Medical tourists would be among those who go directly to hospitals, where they would be quarantined and receive other medical treatment at the same time, he added.

Short-term businessmen and guests had been placed in another batch for future consideration by the CCSA, which would look for measures to allow them in without the requirement they go into state quarantine, because their stay would be short.

Dr Taweesilp said tourists from China, Japan and South Korea could be among the first groups allowed back, because their governments had been successful in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

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Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (23 June 2020)
« Reply #333 on: June 23, 2020, 04:25:00 PM »
COVID19 UPDATE (23 June 2020)

- 5 new confirmed COVID19 cases (3,156 total)
- 1 more discharged (3,023)
- 75 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

new cases are Thais in state quarantine who returned from Egypt (2) and Qatar (3).
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Thais must brace for virus spike, warns expert
A second wave of Covid-19 is likely to occur following the lifting of all lockdown measures, and the kingdom must be ready for it, a medical expert has warned.

Dr Prasit Watanapa, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University, took to Facebook Live to warn the public. He said a second wave could occur, but it would be limited and found in contained areas.

Some countries that previously recorded low numbers of new cases have recorded a resurgence of Covid-19.

Second waves of the Covid-19 have been reported in countries with previously few to no recorded cases such as China, Japan, South Korea and Germany after lockdown measures were lifted.

The Thai government is expected to lift most of its lockdown measures next month. It has been almost one month since the country began recording zero cases of new local transmissions. Most of the newly recorded cases have been attributed to those returning from abroad.

Dr Prasit said a second wave appears to be unavoidable without lockdown measures, in the absence of herd immunity.

He added that people have not developed natural antibodies.

“We want to be able to limit the number of cases and contain infections during a second wave so our healthcare workers can deal with the cases without creating a financial burden for the government,” Dr Prasit said.

“We don’t want to reimpose the lockdown and force everything to stop,” he added. “The key is to win public cooperation by not lowering our guard.”

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Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (24 June 2020)
« Reply #335 on: June 24, 2020, 12:23:36 PM »
COVID19 UPDATE (24 June 2020)
- 1 new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,157 total)
- 3 more discharged (3,026)
- 73 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New case is a Thai returnee in state quarantine from the Philippines. This marks 30 days without a reported local transmission.
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 24.06.2020
« Reply #336 on: June 24, 2020, 12:47:42 PM »
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 24.06.2020
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Re: Covid-19: Diagnosed Covid patients allowed to fly to Hong Kong
« Reply #337 on: June 24, 2020, 05:09:09 PM »
Infected passengers on Hong Kong flights show risks of reopening
People diagnosed with coronavirus were able to board aircraft and travel to Hong Kong in recent days, highlighting the challenge of controlling the pandemic at the same time governments seek the safest ways to reopen borders.

Hong Kong’s health authority said one infected passenger arrived Sunday from Manila on a Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd flight, and another was on a Cathay Dragon flight from Kuala Lumpur. Both were diagnosed with Covid-19 before they travelled. It also said 45 passengers on Emirates flights from Dubai over the weekend either were confirmed or probable cases. The airline only restarted flights to Hong Kong this month.

The infections underscore the risk of peeling back restrictions while the global pace of infections keeps accelerating. Airlines worldwide, largely propped up by government bailouts, have been lobbying to get their planes back in the air as they face more than $84 billion in losses this year.

The International Air Transport Association, which represents almost 300 airlines, in May recommended steps to protect passengers and crew from infection, such as temperature checks at the airport and wearing face masks on the plane.

But the Hong Kong cases show that infected passengers can bypass voluntary requirements, and there’s little airlines can do.

“Taking temperatures and having passengers wear masks on flights are steps we can do to ensure the virus doesn’t spread,” Korean Air Lines Co said in a statement. “For measures to be put in place to ensure infected passengers don’t fly, it has to be done by the authorities and it’s not something an airline like us can do on our own.”

IATA last week outlined recommendations for Covid-19 testing, saying it ideally would be done before arriving at the airport and within 24 hours of travel. If testing is required during the travel process, it should be done at departure, and governments would need to mutually recognize test results, IATA said.

Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection said the 30 new cases on Monday and 16 on Tuesday all had a travel history during the incubation period. The passenger flying on Cathay Flight 906 from Manila, a 58-year-old man, tested positive in the Philippines on Saturday, the day before he arrived.

Cathay said it learned about the passenger from health authorities after the plane landed. The airline is following “prescribed procedures in conducting disinfection of aircraft and informing the operating crew and employees,” as well as helping to trace those who were in close contact with the man.

A spokesman for the Philippine Immigration Bureau said it wasn’t the agency’s job to check health clearances.

“We only check the passport and boarding” pass, spokesman Melvin Mabulac said.

The passenger on Cathay Dragon Flight 734 was a 39-year-old woman returning from India via Malaysia, Hong Kong’s health department said Tuesday. After landing, she declared she’d tested positive and had been treated for the virus in India last month.

The Centre for Health Protection, which advises against all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong, said it is in contact with authorities in the Philippines and India to obtain more information about the cases.

The Hong Kong arrivals aren’t likely to be isolated cases. While some countries, including Australia, have said their borders are likely to be effectively closed for the rest of the year, others -- including members of the European Union -- are working on allowing more international flights.

Biogen Inc said in March it fired a female worker who returned to China from Massachusetts without disclosing her infection. Local media said the 37-year-old took a large dose of anti-fever medication before she boarded to hide her illness.

JetBlue Airways Corp banned a passenger who flew from New York to Florida and notified the crew after landing that he had tested positive for coronavirus, CNN said in March.

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Re: Covid-19: Thailand’s reopened nightlife to close at midnight
« Reply #338 on: June 24, 2020, 11:07:10 PM »
Thailand’s reopened nightlife to close at midnight
Entertainment venues, such as bars, pubs, karaoke bars and massage parlors, are expected to be allowed to operate up to midnight, when the CCSA meets on Monday to consider further easing of restrictions on business and leisure activities, in the fifth phase of lockdown relaxations.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said today that the subcommittee tasked with easing lockdown restrictions met today, to discuss measures to be applied to the country’s nightlife.

The proposals include requirements for patrons to register their entry and exit to and from venues via the Phu Pitak Thai Chana application, health screening of both customers and staff, social distancing, no mingling, no shouting, no dancing, groups no larger than 5 customers, the wearing of face masks by customers and staff and a prohibition on staff sitting with customers.

Under this phase, he said that shopping and community malls can resume unrestricted operations.

Age limits will be imposed on game and internet cafes. Customers aged between 15 and 18 can use the service from 2pm to 8pm on weekdays and from 10am to 8pm on weekends.  Those over 18 can use the service without restrictions, but all of them must wear face masks at all times and must be seated one metre apart.  The premises must be disinfected every two hours and the service time for each round is two hours.  No food or drinks are allowed.

As for massage parlors, Dr. Taweesin said masseuses will be required to wear face masks all the time and observe social distancing, except while bathing, and all customers are required to register via the Thai Chana app.

All staff must be periodically tested for COVID-19.

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Thailand eyes opening borders to those from Australia, NZ, Japan, Taiwan and some Chinese cities

Thailand’s National Communicable Diseases Committee has approved a proposed relaxation of travel restrictions, to allow certain foreigners, from countries deemed as low risk, such as New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and some Chinese cities, to enter Thailand.

Thailand’s Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, who chaired the meeting today (Wednesday) said that, in the initial stage, Thailand will pair with countries considered low risk, under a travel bubble tourism arrangement, which will be reassessed periodically.

The first to be allowed into Thailand again are members of the diplomatic corps, foreigners who need to visit Thailand for economic and social reasons, such as businessmen, investors and expatriates with residences in Thailand.

The easing of travel restrictions will be in three phases. The first is for short and long term arrivals, including guests of the Thai government, businessmen and students among others. The second are those seeking Thai health services and the third are tourists and migrant workers.

Mr. Anutin said those who stay in Thailand for fewer than 14 days will not be required to spend time in state quarantine, but will have to follow the rules of the Diseases Control Department, which include presentation of a doctor’s certificate to show that they are free from the virus and evidence of insurance that covers medical examinations and treatment.

The proposed relaxations will be submitted to the CCSA, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on June 29th.

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Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (25 June 2020)
« Reply #340 on: June 25, 2020, 12:52:33 PM »
COVID19 UPDATE (25 June 2020)
- 1 new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,158 total)
- 12 more discharged (3,038)
- 62 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New case is another Thai returnee found in state quarantine who came back from Egypt. credit @SaksithCNA
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Re: Covid-19: State of emergency set to be extended through July
« Reply #341 on: June 26, 2020, 12:04:56 AM »
State of emergency set to be extended through July
The committee on lockdown easing will ask the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to extend the state of emergency until the end of July, National Security Council secretary-general Gen Somsak Rungsita said today.

Speaking after meeting with the committee, Gen Somsak said members had agreed to extend the state of emergency for another month to prevent a second wave of contagion after schools reopen next week.

"In the fifth phase of lockdown easing, the government will allow venues that have high risk of infection to reopen, so we believe the state of emergency is needed to contain the spread of Covid-19," he said.

"We will propose this issue to the CCSA on Monday (June 29) and to the Cabinet on Tuesday (June 30)."

He said the move was not related to politics, adding that the state of emergency can be ended at any time if the situation returns to normal. Critics have accused the government of using the emergency decree – which bans large gatherings and gives officials legal immunity over human rights violations – to suppress free speech.

"So far, the government has prioritised protecting children and the elderly, so this move is aimed to ensure the safety of children and parents after the new semester opens," he said.

"The important thing is to contain the spread of the virus effectively and conduct as many Covid-19 tests as possible."

Somsak said the government needs to see the results of fifth-phase easing before making a decision on whether to allow spectators at sports stadiums.

Meanwhile, he said “travel bubbles” would likely take another couple of months to organise before being launched. The “bubbles” will allow travel between Thailand and countries at low risk for Covid-19 without the need for quarantine.

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Re: Covid-19:
« Reply #342 on: June 26, 2020, 05:48:50 AM »
This seems to be a sensible move.  No doubt it will get the BTLers on Bangkok Post foaming at the mouth.
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Re: Covid-19:
« Reply #343 on: June 26, 2020, 10:53:14 AM »
This seems to be a sensible move.  No doubt it will get the BTLers on Bangkok Post foaming at the mouth.
you don't have to go that far to listen to the moans & groans of the expat community, around the forums continuous knocks at every thing that is proposed or done. in the sittuation we are in, i think this government has fared most favourite when you look around the world. just count the deaths in other countries and we are still here to tell the story, or have a moan.  ;)
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Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (26 June 2020)
« Reply #344 on: June 26, 2020, 11:47:39 AM »
COVID19 UPDATE (26 June 2020)
- 4* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,162 total)
- 2 more discharged (3,040)
- 64 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

*Thai returnees in state quarantine from Sudan and UAE, respectively (2 each).
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 26.06.2020
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Thailand Covid-19 Situation 26.06.2020
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Malls warned to tighten disease controls after ratings drop
Malls and phone shops have been warned to tighten up disease control measures after their customer ratings on the ThaiChana platform dropped.

The warning came from the Digital Economy and Society Ministry today during its regular update on the QR code platform, which has also added more languages.

The digital platform has been used almost 31 million times (30,792,286) to check into shops and other businesses, while 230,768 shops have registered nationwide, the ministry’s inspector-general Polawat Witoolkollachit reported today.

Meanwhile, only 55.5 per cent who check-in via the website are remembering to check out, though that figure rises to 86.7 per cent for users of the ThaiChana app.

However, customer ratings for shopping malls and phone shops have begun to drop, said Polawat, who warned them to keep up with other operators. He also advised shop operators to take better care of books in which customers record their names and phone numbers, since there were reports that fraudsters were stealing the numbers to use in scams.

The ThaiChana platform is now available in Thai, English, Burmese and Malay, with more languages to be added in future, he said.

It also features a group check-in facility, for the convenience of families with children and elderly members.

Over the next week, ThaiChana will enable customers to make reservations via a QR code which can be shown on entry. Meanwhile, users will be able to check customer density at locations before they visit.

Polawat confirmed that the platform only records the name and phone number of users. Those who entered at-risk areas would be sent a direct and strictly private message advising them to get a test for Covid-19.

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Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (27 June 2020)
« Reply #347 on: June 27, 2020, 12:15:55 PM »
COVID19 UPDATE (27 June 2020)
- no new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,162 total)
- 13 more discharged (3,053)
- 51 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

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Re: Covid-19: 3Rs to handle COVID-19
« Reply #348 on: June 27, 2020, 05:39:27 PM »
PM Urges for 3 Ways of Cooperation in ASEAN
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presented three steps to sustainable cooperation comprising responsiveness, recovery and resilience in the meeting of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC).

He sent his message to the teleconference from Government House at 5.35pm. on Friday.

The prime minister said that the world faced great challenges brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) over the past six months and there were severe impacts on health, safety, economy and trade. All countries had to balance public health against economic rehabilitation, he said.

He said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was an important production base of the world and he supported ASEAN-BAC in pushing for united responses to COVID-19.

Gen Prayut emphasized 3Rs to handle COVID-19. The first one is “responsiveness” to economic impacts, which includes transport conveniences and the protection of supply chains.

The second one is “recovery” of economies through the promotion of trade and investment and free trade agreements including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The third one is “resilience” in coping with health crises in the future and developing digital economy and electronic commerce.

The prime minister promised to support the private sector in developing the economy of Southeast Asia. (TNA)

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Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (28 June 2020)
« Reply #349 on: June 28, 2020, 12:33:17 PM »
COVID19 UPDATE (28 June 2020)
- no new confirmed #COVID19 case (3,162 total)
- no new discharges (3,053)
- 51 in hospital
- no new deaths (58) 

34 days no new local cases
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Re: Covid-19: What can we expect next?
« Reply #350 on: June 29, 2020, 11:28:07 AM »
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Thailand Travel Restrictions: What can we expect next?
Right at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I was absolutely sure people will only travel again if they feel it is safe to do so in the new Covid-19 world, and when they have the spare cash to do so. My conviction to that mantra is as solid today as it was all those months ago.
Whilst Thailand today is considered safer, with no new local infections for the past 4 weeks – what about the rest of the world? With new regrettable milestones being reached this weekend – now over 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths globally – most predictions appear to have been widely off the mark. No more so than in the United States.

With 1 in 4 of all coronavirus cases and deaths globally within its borders – 2,510,000 cases including 44,000 new cases daily and 125,000 deaths – the USA is worst of all.
I was sorry to read via the BBC that in India, Delhi is now the country’s worst-hit area, with about 73,000 recorded cases of Covid-19 and at least 2,500 deaths.

Delhi has had many challenges including a fragmented local and regional provincial government that did not always see eye-to-eye and a population that lacked the will to follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines. It is also a state with many borders making containment difficult.

For Thailand, we have been well managed. No new coronavirus cases or deaths reported for a long time leaving the total number at 3,162 cases and 58 deaths since January. No new local infection for 31 days, and no new deaths.
We have been very strict, with a strong Thai government in control, and excellent compliance from its citizens even during the curfew, when it was in place.

What is happening across the world is important to Thailand. We must sit up and take notice. WHY?
Whether we like it or not we are very much interconnected. With 10 million cases globally that is 1.5 people in 100 who are infected with the coronavirus GLOBALLY and some reports suggest it to be higher. Without Covid-19 under control globally we are all affected.
Is it RESPONSIBLE to open our borders and airports in Thailand to visitors from around the world when countries in Europe, the Americas, Middle East, and Asia are still seeing coronavirus hotspots and deaths? As a person heavily invested in hospitality and tourism I am reluctant, but have to say YES it would be irresponsible.

If I were the Thai PM what would my answer be? I don’t think I need to spell it out.

Next week Thailand is expected to make a number of major announcements. The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will on Monday disclose details of the easing of Phase 5 restrictions, due to begin on the first of July. Apart from our land neighbors I cannot see the government risk all the good work of the past 95 days since the State of Emergency in Thailand was declared on the 26 March 2020. As much as I wish it were not so – for the sake of travel and tourism jobs – the Thai PM will not gamble on opening borders and airports completely. It would be such a risky move.

I was encouraged by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen when talking about vaccinations she announced that the European Union will do all in its power to ensure that all peoples of this world have access to a vaccine, IRRESPECTIVE of where they live. She also said that we must be ready to manufacture and deploy such a vaccine across Europe and the world. Especially to poorer countries. WHY?
Because she too also recognizes our connectivity. That we are ALL interlinked. No-one is an island and we must all play our part to protect our one world, we are one people. We are all interconnected.I would like to say safe travels however in its place let me say:

Stay safe, stay healthy.

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Re: Covid-19: CCSA finalizes Phase 5 restrictions easing plan
« Reply #351 on: June 29, 2020, 11:45:32 AM »
CCSA finalizes Phase 5 restrictions easing plan
(NNT)-The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will on Monday disclose details of the easing of Phase 5 restrictions, due to begin on 1st July, while stressing the need for effective disease control measures to prevent a second wave.

The CCSA Spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin said today the CCSA will be holding a major meeting this Monday to finalize the details of further restriction easing in Phase 5, which may allow businesses such as pubs, bars, karaoke venues, gaming centers, internet cafes, and soapy massage parlors to reopen.

Addressing criticism of remaining restrictions in Phase 5 being too stringent as the situation in the country has already improved, the CCSA spokesman said there is a possibility of new locally transmitted cases, albeit no such case has been reported for 32 consecutive days.

He pointed out an example in China, where no locally transmitted cases were reported for 50 days, however, a second wave of infections eventually came.

On Monday the CCSA will consider measures related to international arrivals; the State of Emergency extension by one month; the reopening of schools in border areas, and the easing of some social distancing measures on public transport. It’s likely passengers will be allowed to sit in any of the seats on metro trains which are now blocked. However, passengers must stand 1 foot away from one another, and wear face coverings.

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COVID19 UPDATE (29 June 2020)
- 7* new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,169 total)
- no discharges (3,053)
- 58 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)        *Thai returnees in state quarantine (6 from India, 1 from the US).

Thailand prepares "phase 5" of reopenings.

Thailand's #COVID19 task force is announcing the new measures for the "5th phase" reopenings:
allowed to reopen are internet cafes, arcades and "soapy massage" parlors that also have to adhere to public health restrictions…

schools are open (on 1 Jul) - shops can close whenever (incl. 24/7 convenience stores) - bars, nightlife venues can reopen, but must close at 12am, safe distancing and no mingling etc
the task force has recommended to extend the state of emergency for yet another month, following the Natl Securitry Council's recommendation. Final decision tomorrow by the cabinet.  credit @SaksithCNA
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Re: Covid-19: Thailand Covid-19 Situation 29.06.2020
« Reply #353 on: June 29, 2020, 02:07:01 PM »
Thailand Covid-19 Situation 29.06.2020
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Another 6 groups of foreigners to be allowed entry in July
Six more groups of foreigners are set to be allowed to enter Thailand in July, the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced on Monday (June 29).

Authorities had already permitted experts and foreigners with Thai work permits to enter Thailand from July 1.

The six additional groups proposed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry are:

1. Foreign spouses and children of work permit holders.

2. Foreigners with residency rights in Thailand.

3. Foreigners married to Thais.

4. Foreigners and their carers seeking medical treatment in Thailand (except for Covid-19).

5. International students and their guardians.

6. Short-stay business travellers and guests of the government from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China and Hong Kong – as per special arrangements made with these countries.

The special arrangement will initially allow entry to 200 foreigners per day. That number will increase when more alternative state quarantine (ASQ) rooms are made available. The special arrangement will allow entry to groups of no more than 10 people for a short period. Visitors will be tested for Covid-19 prior to travel and on arrival in Thailand, where they will be monitored constantly by health and security officials. They must submit their Thailand itinerary in advance and will only be allowed to travel by private car.

Foreigners work permit (WP3) and/or BOI certificate holders should contact their local Royal Thai Embassy or consulate for a permit to travel to Thailand. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) will arrange seats aboard repatriation flights for eligible passengers.

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More groups of foreigners to be allowed entry from tomorrow
Additional groups of foreigners will be allowed to enter Thailand from tomorrow (July 1), the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced on Monday (June 29).

The announcement, which was signed by CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop and takes effect on July 1, stipulates that eleven groups of people will be allowed to enter the country via flights:

1. Persons with Thai nationality.

2. Persons who were invited by the prime minister or authorities responsible for the emergency.

3. Foreign spouses, parents or children of persons with Thai nationality.

4. Foreigners with residency rights in Thailand.

5. Foreign spouses and children of work permit holders.

6. Transporters of necessary products, who must leave the country immediately after their work is done.

7. Drivers and staff of vehicles that have to carry out necessary or important missions in Thailand and have a clear schedule for leaving.

8. International students and their guardians.

9. Foreigners and their carers seeking medical treatment in Thailand (except for Covid-19).

10. Staff of embassies, consulates, international organisations or representatives of foreign governments who have to carry out their mission in Thailand as allowed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, as well as their spouses, parents, children.

11. Foreigners who are allowed to enter Thailand as per special arrangements.

All visitors will be tested for Covid-19 and need to follow the regulations issued by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration and the Department of Disease Control, including completing a mandatory quarantine period.

CAAT will also allow in state or military aircraft or emergency landings, technical landings without any passengers disembarking, humanitarian aid and medical or relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo aircraft.

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Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (30 June 2020)
« Reply #356 on: June 30, 2020, 12:16:04 PM »
COVID19 UPDATE (30 June 2020)
- 2 more new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,171 total)
- 3 more discharged (3,056)
- 57 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

The new cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine from Qatar. 3 other cases were on the same repatriation flight (21 Jun)
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'Not even close to being over': WHO chief says pandemic 'speeding up'
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the coronavirus pandemic is “speeding up” as the global death toll surpasses 500,000 and cases top 10 million.

Tedros addressed the pandemic from the WHO headquarters in Geneva on Monday. He warned that as COVID-19 cases continue to surge, there is still far more work that needs to be done in order to stymy the spread.

“Although many countries have made some progress, globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up,” he told reporters. “We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives, but the hard reality is that this is not even close to being over.”   full article  washingtonexaminer.com

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Re: Covid-19: EU to allow in visitors from Thailand
« Reply #358 on: July 01, 2020, 12:02:10 AM »
EU to allow in visitors from Thailand
Thailand is among 14 countries whose citizens are deemed “safe” to be let into EU from 1 July, despite the pandemic, according to BBC.

It said the US, Brazil and China are excluded but the EU is ready to add China if the Chinese government offers a reciprocal deal for EU travelers.

EU border controls have been lifted for EU citizens travelling inside the bloc. Rules for UK travellers are covered separately in the Brexit negotiations.

BBC said on the current “safe” list, still likely to be amended, are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

The UK is currently negotiating “air bridges” with several EU member states, so that coronavirus does not totally block summer holidays – the busiest season in Europe for tourism, which employs millions of people.

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Re: Covid-19: COVID19 UPDATE (1 July 2020)
« Reply #359 on: July 01, 2020, 12:16:47 PM »
COVID19 UPDATE (1 July 2020)
- 2 new confirmed #COVID19 cases (3,173 total)
- 3 more discharged (3,059)
- 56 in hospital
- no new deaths (58)

New cases are Thai returnees in state quarantine from Kuwait.
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