Thailand govt to open four more airports; eight imported cases reported

  • Thailand
  • Saturday, 03 Oct 2020

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BANGKOK, Oct 3 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): The committee tasked with developing Thailand into an international medical hub on has approved in principle guidelines for opening four more airports in the provinces for medical tourists.

Tares Krassanairawiwong, director general of the Department of Health Service Support, said the airports in question are U-Tapao, Samui, Chiang Mai and Phuket.Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports are already open to medical tourists.

The committee is awaiting approval from the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Currently, there are 1,123 foreigners staying in alternative hospital quarantine, of whom 652 are patients and 471 are their companions.

This group has brought Bt114 million in revenue so far.

Meanwhile, a CCSA sub-committee has also approved the concept of wellness or spa quarantine and the department will soon draw up guidelines to govern this service.

Meanwhile, The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Saturday reported eight new cases in state quarantine.

Two people had come from India, one from the United Arab Emirates, one from Russia, three from the US, and one from Pakistan.

The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand increased to 3,583 (645 in state quarantine), of whom 138 are in hospital, 3,386 have recovered and been discharged, and 59 have died.

According to Worldometer, as of 9am on Saturday, the total number of confirmed cases increased to 34.8 million (up by 316,256 over a 24-hour period), 25.89 million have recovered, 66,287 are in a serious condition, and 1.03 million have died (increasing by 5,603).

Thailand ranks 138th for most cases in the world, while the US has the most number with 7.54 million, followed by India 6.47 million, Brazil 4.88 million, Russia 1.19 million and Colombia 841,531. - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network

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