As a firm demonstration of her health surveillance systems for disease control and confidence that activities can carry on as usual amid Novel Coronavirus incidents, Thailand will carry on with tourism events and activities that have been planned for this month and the next.
According to a statement from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the event line-up includes Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2020 on February 2; GSB Thailand Open 2020 presented by EA from February 10-16 in Hua Hin; Honda LPGA Thailand 2020 from February 22-23 in Pattaya; and PTT Thailand Grand Prix 2020 MotoGP from March 20-22 in Buri Ram.
While there hasn’t been a Novel Coronavirus outbreak in Thailand, TAT emphasises that Thailand is working with the World Health Organisation and other countries to further understand infections and to ensure that they are prevented and controlled.
To-date, the Ministry of Public Health has confirmed 14 cases in Thailand (13 Chinese and a Thai). Five of them (four Chinese and a Thai) have recovered and returned home. The other nine Chinese patients remain at medical facilities.
Thailand is implementing an intensive and unremitting screening and surveillance for the Novel Coronavirus, especially at international points of entry, including Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Krabi International Airports. The screening covers passengers and air crew on all flights from China. Nationwide medical labs have the ability to generate blood test results within three hours.
Supporting efforts taken by the health and immigration authorities, Thai public and private sectors have also stepped up hygiene measures. Airports, mass public transport, malls, hotels, and public areas have scheduled extra cleaning and disinfection and are providing hand sanitisers. Airlines are also conducting passenger screening, ground service measures and inflight service measures.