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Latest Updates (10th September, 2020)

Covid-19 Cases – 3,454 (+7)    Recovered – 3,310 (+24)    Hospitalized – 86    Died – 58

TAT says country ready to reopen

Thailand will have to deal with new coronavirus cases when it reopens to international tourists, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

The country can minimise the impact and avoid a high level of unemployment with risk management, the TAT said.

After the country reported its first local transmission in 100 days last week, the TAT downgraded its 2020 estimates to 70 million domestic trips from 80 million, contributing 418 billion baht in revenue, a decrease of 61% from 2019.

International arrivals remain unchanged at 6.7 million, the same forecast before the border closure, with revenue of 332 billion baht, down 65% from 2019.

“We have to bring in tourists by the last quarter as the domestic market alone cannot keep tourism workers employed. If we keep delaying their entry, around 2.5 million jobs out of 4 million will be at risk,” said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

Mr Yuthasak said hotels should count on an average occupancy rate of 30% to stay open, with the nationwide figure now at 28%.

Read More: Bangkok Post

Thailand tests nearly 600 people exposed to mystery coronavirus case

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand said on Wednesday it had tested nearly 600 people potentially exposed to the country’s first domestic coronavirus case in over three months, but has so far found no new infections.

The man, 37, had worked as a nightclub DJ at three different venues in the capital Bangkok in the two weeks before he tested positive on arrival in prison, following his recent conviction for a drugs-related offence.

Individuals deemed at risk across 12 venues including the court where he appeared, nightclubs and supermarkets were tracked down and 569 tests were administered, the Public Health Ministry said.

So far, all tests have come back negative and 32 individuals were awaiting results. Authorities have asked 400 other individuals considered low-risk to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Full Story: Reuters