18th Feb 2020
The government of Thailand is urging Thai nationals to postpone their visits to Japan and Singapore, citing the growing number of individuals who have contracted coronavirus.
The government, through the Ministry of Public Health, said virus outbreak in the two countries have reached the third stage, which means locals have contracted the virus even without meeting Chinese people.
As of press time, Singapore has 75 confirmed cases while Japan has a total of 454, including 99 new cases from the Diamond Princess that docked in Yokohama last week.
Meanwhile, Thailand has a total of 35 confirmed infections, of which 15 have been treated and released. The current situation is at the second stage but the government said it would brace for the third stage.
Thai nationals who have visited Japan over the past two weeks will be required to undergo medical check-up and treatment free of charge.
Earlier this week, Thailand said it was stepping up measures to prevent the advancement of coronavirus into the country. Part of its efforts was intensifying thermal screening at Thai airports, especially for passengers leaving Thailand and those who are arriving from Hong Kong and Singapore.
The Airports of Thailand, operator of six of Thailand’s international airports, said it would also tighten measures for arriving passengers who were aboard the luxury Westerdam cruise ship that docked in Cambodia.
More passengers are set to arrive at Suvarnabhumi, Don Muang, and Phuket international airports until February 21, but AOT said all said airports will have a separate bay for carriers arriving from Cambodia, similar to the practice imposed on carriers from China.
Suvarnabhumi Airport handles 19 daily flights from Cambodia, while Don Muang and Phuket receives one flight each from the said country.