Thailand government taking precautionary measures to check Wuhan virus

Azlan Othman

The Royal Thai Government is doing everything possible to ensure maximum health protection and safeguards against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), said Governor Yuthasak Supasorn on behalf of Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Tourism Industry.

Since January 3, Thai health authorities have set up infrared thermo scan units at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi International Airports for round-the-clock screening of all passengers, especially from China. Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) is also handing out a Health Beware cards for travellers arriving in Thailand, it said in a statement yesterday.

The DDC has also issued the ‘Alert Code of Novel Coronavirus 2019 in Wuhan, China (Alert Level 1: General health care)’ on its website, which provides information on the 2019-nCoV, the current situation locally and internationally, and recommendations for international travellers.

Thailand has an effective surveillance and screening system for disease control thanks to extensive experience in dealing with medical conditions; such as, SARS, MERS, avian flu and others. If any suspected cases are identified, they will be immediately quarantined and subjected to further tests.

In addition to the recommendations from the Ministry of Public Health, tourists and visitors can also follow the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). This includes the advice on how to ‘Reduce Your Risk of Coronavirus Infection’.

All information, which can be independently verified, notifies that the virus is under control in Thailand and life is proceeding normally.