Latest update on coronavirus cases in Thailand
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Latest update on coronavirus cases in Thailand

Ministry of Public Health confirms all 14 cases have not contracted the coronavirus infection in Thailand.

Bangkok, 28 January, 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases in Thailand. 

As of today, the Ministry of Public Health has confirmed 14 cases in Thailand (13 Chinese and a Thai). Five of them (four Chinese and a Thai) recovered and returned home. The other nine Chinese patients remain at medical facilities.

The Ministry has confirmed that all 14 cases had not contracted the coronavirus infection in Thailand. Human-to-human transmission has not yet been reported in Thailand.

To prevent the spread of the 2019-nCoV in Thailand, health surveillance systems have been stepped up at the international points of entry, especially at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports. The screening now covers passengers and aircrew on all flights from China.

Nationwide medical labs have been upgraded for a real-time RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) laboratory technique allowing blood test results to be obtained within three hours. This is part of the ongoing intensive screening and disease surveillance for the 2019-nCoV.

For regular updates on the 2019-nCoV situation in Thailand, tourists and travelers can visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php, which includes the following guidelines:

• The 2019 novel coronavirus can be prevented using the principles for respiratory disease prevention, i.e., washing hands, wearing masks and avoiding contact with patients who have a respiratory disease.

• People can still travel to China; however, it is recommended to avoid visiting crowded places and making contact with patients who have respiratory symptoms. If this is unavoidable, people should wear a mask.

• If anyone has symptoms including coughing, sneezing, panting or a runny nose within 14 days after departing from Wuhan, China, please seek medical care at a hospital immediately and inform the doctor regarding the history of recent travel to China

• It is recommended to avoid visiting markets selling carcasses or live animals. If touching or handling live animals, people should wear gloves.

• Regularly wash hands with water and soap or use alcohol gel. It is also recommended to avoid using your hands to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Do not use or share personal stuff with others (i.e. handkerchief, glasses, and towels) since pathogens causing respiratory disease can be transmitted to other people through secretions.

• It is recommended to avoid eating uncooked food.

Once again, TAT would like to advise Thai and international travellers, who are travelling from affected areas in China within 14 days to seek immediate medical advice and treatment if they are experiencing respiratory symptoms including those mentioned above. For additional questions and assistance, please call the Department of Disease Control Hotline 1422 or Tourist Police Hotline 1155.

Credit infographic images: Thailand’s Department of Disease Control

 

 

TCEB Situation Update Travel Advisory: Coronavirus on 28 January 2020

 

TCEB Situation Update

Travel Advisory : Coronavirus on 28 January 2020

 

BANGKOK, 28 January 2020: Thailand raised its health protection operation to the highest level in line with guidelines announced by the World Health Organization to safeguard travelers wellbeing.

 

Thailand’s Prime Minister has assured that the country has taken full control of the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) in the country through concerted efforts by authorities concerned.

 

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has reassured visitors and residents that the highest level of checks and preventative measures are in place at all international airports.

 

Infrared Thermo scan units at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi International Airports operate round-the-clock screening of all passengers, especially flights from Chinese cities.

 

Thailand has an active surveillance and screening system for disease control thanks to its experience in dealing with medical conditions; such as SARS, MERS, avian flu and others.

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports also issued advisories to tour agencies and airlines instructing them to monitor and scale up checks to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all visitors to the country.

 

Thailand has also activated a comprehensive surveillance protocol to ensure the screening of travellers arriving from identified high-risk areas as well as introducing preventative measures through public and private health services and communities across the country.

 

Hotels and residences are included in the surveillance procedures, even though all reported cases were infected outside of Thailand. Compliance with international recommendations is a priority to deal with the virus outbreak. Collaboration with local people, travel agents, tour operators, hotels and residence owners has been achieved to ensure we have implemented effective prevention and control measures in place to safeguard all visitors.

 

TCEB reassures business travellers that they can visit the country and is confident that all measures are in place to ensure their health, safety and wellbeing.

 

All travellers receive a Health Advisory Card from health officers at the international health checkpoints upon arrival in Thailand.

 

For further information, please call the Department of Disease Control Hotline 1422 open 24 hours or visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/en/index.php.

 

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB: +66 (0) 2694 6000, visit www.tceb.or.th or contact info@tceb.or.th.