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23 mai 2020 | 07h36 UTC

Thailand: Authorities extend state of emergency until June 30 /update 36

Thailand Alerte de sécurité

Thai authorities extend state of emergency until June 30 amid COVID-19 pandemic; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 18/5/2020, 4h00 until 30/6/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Thailand

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Event

Thailand's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Awareness (CCSA) announced on Friday, May 22, that the state of emergency, scheduled to end on Sunday, May 31, will be extended until Tuesday, June 30, amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The nightly curfew between 23:00 to 04:00 (local time) will continue, social gatherings will remain prohibited, and inter-provincial travel will remain limited. Thai authorities began a phased lifting of lockdown measures as of Sunday, May 3. The measures may differ between various provinces and may also change or even be re-imposed at short notice due to changes in COVID-19 conditions.

A ban on all international commercial flights into the country is in effect until June 30. Special-status flights are still exempt from the ban; this includes state and military aircraft, emergency landing and technical landing without disembarkation, humanitarian and relief flights, repatriation flights of Thai nationals, and cargo flights. Certain international airports will be permitted to operate the special-status flights, including Krabi (KBV), Chiang Mai (CNX), Chiang Rai (CEI), Samui (USM), Surat Thani (URT), Hat Yai (HDY), and Hua Hin (HHQ). Phuket International Airport (HKT) has been operating repatriation flights and Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) opened for additional flights starting Friday, May 1, as Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air resume some domestic flights. Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) reopened for domestic flights starting May 1. Passengers arriving will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, will be required to wear face masks while aboard aircraft, and no drinks or food will be served during flights.

As of Saturday, May 23, health authorities have confirmed 3040 cases of COVID-19 in Thailand and 56 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in 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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