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15 May 2020 | 08:10 PM UTC

Thailand: Authorities announce easing of some COVID-19 restrictions from May 17 /update 34

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Thai authorities announce easing of some COVID-19 restrictions from May 17; follow authorities’ directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/15/2020, 4:00 AM until 6/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Thailand

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Event

On Friday, May 15, Thai authorities announced plans to ease restrictions implemented to counter the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Shopping malls and restaurants within them, fitness centers, swimming pools, convention centers, and wholesale markets will be permitted to reopen from Sunday, May 17, and the curfew will be shortened, lasting from 23:00 to 04:00 (local time). However, cinemas, amusement parks, boxing stadiums, and gymnasiums will remain closed, and the state of emergency will remain in effect until Sunday, May 31.

This comes as Thai aviation authorities announced on Friday that Bangkok Airways has resumed domestic flight service on its Bangkok to Ko Samui route with immediate effect. Additionally, the airline stated that it will be adding an additional four domestic services from Monday, June 1, from Bangkok to Sukhothai, Lampang, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. The resumption of flight operations will include the mandatory wearing of face masks and screening of body temperatures, compliant with the directives issued by the Ministry of Public Health, and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of May 15, health authorities have confirmed 3018 cases of COVID-19 in Thailand, including 56 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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