Govt allays concerns over Chinese return

  • Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gave assurances that Thailand is ready to handle the return of travel and tourists from China as concern grows on imported Covid cases following China’s reopening of its boarders on 8 Jan.
  • A rise in Covid caseloads comes after Beijing lifted its tough virus containment measures in Dec 22. Beijing also announced an end to mandatory quarantine on arrival, prompting Chinese people to travel overseas.
  • Gen Prayut said that measures are now in place to ensure the return of visitors from China do not have any impact on public health.
  • Officials from the Public Health Ministry, the Tourism and Sports Ministry would meet on 5 Jan to discuss measures to adopt for visitors from China while ensuring the health of Thai people.
  • Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul assures that there will be no lockdowns and claims that vaccinated individuals will not suffer severe symptoms or die.
  • On 30 Dec, the academic committee stressed for a non-discriminatory screening protocol.
  • With about 5mn expected visitors from China, Covid-19 safety measures will have to be considered in proportion to the virus’ prevalence in China.

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