16th Feb 2020
The government of Thailand is stepping up its screening measures to prevent the further advancement of the coronavirus.
Pattaya Mail reported on Friday that the government - through the Thai Public Health Ministry - will raise the level of screening at Thai airports for arriving passengers from Hong Kong and Singapore. The same screening level will be applied to passengers departing Thailand.
The ministry said the intensified measure was to combat the virus in the country after China reported a growing number of the death toll and confirmed cases. As of press time, the total number of infected patients in China is at 70,500 while deaths are at 1,770.
According to Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the ministry’s Disease Control Department, the number of coronavirus patients in Thailand remained at 33. Of the total, 15 patients have fully recovered while the remaining others are ongoing treatment.
Meanwhile, Thailand said two Thais aboard the Westerdam cruise ship that was denied docking in five countries have tested negative for coronavirus. This despite an 83-year old American aboard the same ship tested positive twice.
The two Thais, which are among the 35, arrived in Thailand via Suvarnabhumi Airport on Sunday shortly after Cambodia allowed the luxury ship to dock at Sihanoukville.