28th Feb 2020
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has stepped up its measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus into the country.
On Wednesday, the TAT said that it intensified its screening for passengers of the MRT Subway and the Airport Rail Link. The TAT said thermal screenings were set up at all of the Airport Rail Link’s eight stations, while body temperatures were screened through thermal scanners. Rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizers were also provided in common areas.
For the MRT Subway, TAT said fever screening points were installed at 19 main stations where the heavy foot traffic usually takes place. These include Silom, Sukhumvit, Phetchaburi, Rama 9, Thailand Cultural Centre, Wat Mangkon, Tha Phra, Lak Song, Tao Poon, Nonthaburi Civic Centre, Ministry of Public Health, Bang Yai and Khlong Bang Phai.
As of press time, Thailand has 41 confirmed coronavirus cases, the latest being a 25-year old Thai tour guide who just returned from South Korea. The man was said to have sought treatment for his fever and cough and a test confirmed he was infected with the virus. Permanent Health Secretary Sukum Karnchanapimai has said that the infected person was transferred to the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi.
Of the 41 cases, 13 patients remained under treatment, including two who tested negative for the virus but are in critical condition. Karnchanapimai said the department is just waiting for their conditions to improve.