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29 juill. 2020 | 16h03 UTC

Thailand: Authorities extend state of emergency until August 31 /update 43

Thailand Alerte de sécurité

Thai authorities extend state of emergency until August 31; continue to follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/7/2020, 4h00 until 31/8/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Thailand

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Event

Thai authorities will extend the country's state of emergency until August 31, in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), despite having no confirmed reports of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in two months. The decree, originally imposed on March 26 and due to expire on July 31, has been extended four times and has led to criticism of the government sparking protests nationwide. Authorities have stated the emergency decree is still required in order to reopen the country to foreigners. The decree allows the Thai government to limit people's rights, such as banning public gatherings and limiting access to 'high-risk areas'. Additional restrictions and measures remain in place nationwide amid the ongoing pandemic.

On July 14, Thailand's government tightened entry restrictions on foreign travelers after two new imported cases of COVID-19 were detected. Short-term visits by businessmen and state guests who were allowed to enter as of July 1 were suspended. The two people who imported the cases arrived into Rayong province, resulting in several schools closing and hotel bookings being canceled over fears of possible transmission. Further restrictions may be announced in the medium term.

As of Wednesday, July 29, there have been 3298 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Thailand and 58 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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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