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Covid-19 Thailand – Latest Updates (4th July, 2020)

5 new quarantined coronavirus cases recorded in Thailand today

Thailand recorded five new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), all among quarantined returnees from abroad, and no new fatalities.

According to the CCSA, three of the new infections are Thai students studying in Sudan, aged 23 and 25, who returned to Thailand on June 24th and entered state quarantine in Chon Buri. They all tested positive for COVID-19 on July 2nd and were asymptomatic at the time.

Another case is a 24-year old Thai man, who works in a massage parlor in Kuwait, who arrived in Thailand on June 26th.He tested positive for the virus while in quarantine in Bangkok on July 2nd.

The fifth is a 41-year old Thai woman, working as a teacher in Britain. She arrived back in Thailand on June 24th and was sent to a state quarantine facility in Chon Buri.  Asymptomatic, she tested positive on July 2nd.

The CCSA reported that there have now been 3,185 infections in Thailand, with 3,066 recoveries and 58 fatalities. 61 others remain in hospital.

Full Story: ThaiPBSWorld


Suvarnabhumi Airport offers rapid coronavirus test for international arrivals

SAMUT PRAKAN (REUTERS) – Thailand’s main international airport unveiled rapid coronavirus tests on  Friday (July 3) for some overseas arrivals after a three-month ban on foreign visitors was partially lifted this month.

All foreigners, except those with work permits, have been barred since March, but after more than five weeks with no recorded community transmission of the virus, Thailand is allowing in some groups of foreigners.

Business travellers, diplomats and government guests staying for less than 14 days are considered “fast-track travellers”, who will be swab-tested for the disease at Suvarnabhumi airport to make ensure they are infection-free before entry.

“The test itself takes around 1½ hours,” said Mr Suwich Thammapalo, an official of Thailand’s disease control department, adding that its use could be expanded in future for other arrivals and tourists.

The airport test, costing 3,000 baht (S$134) each, is one requirement for fast-track entry without spending 14 days in quarantine, and is required of other foreigners recently allowed in, ranging from those with resident status or family in the country, as well as international students.

Full Story: StraitTimes