Thailand to Intensify Screening of Passengers from Italy

25th Feb 2020

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The government of Thailand is mulling over intensified screening measures for passengers from Italy amid the latter’s sudden jump in confirmed infections.

The Ministry of Public Health said on Sunday it was closely monitoring the rapid outbreak in Italy after 14 people were confirmed infected in just one day. Italians living in the towns of Codogno and Castiglione d’Adda where the patients were from, were advised to undergo a 14-day home-quarantine.

Tanarak Plipat, deputy chief of the ministry’s Disease Control Department, said that he was aware of the sudden jump in Italy’s confirmed cases, adding that Thailand might intensify measures for passengers from the said country, along with Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

Should there be found symptoms, passengers will then be transferred to a hospital.

“We are afraid that the number of infected patients found is very much lower than the actual situation,” he said.  “The challenging point is that public health officers should be able to trace all infectious patients and take them to the hospital system. If not, the virus will spread more in the region,” he added.

Thailand’s confirmed cases remain at 35, of which 20 have been discharged and sent home.