Thailand’s Ministry of Interior has instructed all provincial governors to follow updated guidelines for returnees after being released from state quarantines and being allowed to return to their hometowns.
The order came after two returnees who returned from abroad in Dubai were tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies after being released from a 14-day state quarantine earlier this month, causing concern with some of the public and government officials. The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, however, said that the original source of the disease was likely from Dubai and not Thailand and there was no need for panic.
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Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Chatchai Phromlert has ordered the Bangkok Governor and every provincial governor to follow updated guidelines for the Covid -19 Coronavirus for returnees after they were released from state quarantines back to their hometowns.
If any of them show any symptoms of sickness, they must report to the ministry of public health office immediately. Additionally, health volunteers, of which Thailand has over a million and give significant credit to them for helping lessen the impact of the virus in the Kingdom, will need to follow up with returnees on a regular basis.
It is unclear at this point if foreigners returning for reasons such as work permits or family visa’s will also be followed up upon. However, the Ministry for Digital Economy and Society is working on an application to track foreigners who enter the country and all future foreigners entering the country on quarantine will likely be required to use this application for a period of time after quarantine.
The order comes as some prominent Thai doctors have cautioned that a fourteen day quarantine may not be long enough, with some suggesting 21 days.