Thailand eyes reducing Covid-19 quarantine period from 14 to 10 days


A vendor selling dried goods waits for customers in a market on the Thai-Myanmar border in the town of Mae Sot in Tak province. Thailand's Ministry of Public Health on Friday said it has rolled out a strategy to reduce the 14-day mandatory quarantine period to just ten days. - AFP

BANGKOK, Oct 30 (Xinhua): Thailand's Ministry of Public Health on Friday said it has rolled out a strategy to reduce the 14-day mandatory quarantine period to just ten days.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who chaired the meeting of the ministry's National Communicable Diseases Committee (NCDC), said that the decision to reduce the mandatory quarantine period will be submitted to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for consideration.

"Thailand has the capacity, including medicines, laboratories, medical personnel and other resources, to contain the spread of Covid-19," said Anutin, "also, there has not been a single severe case currently in any Thai hospital."

The minister said that Thailand now has a Covid-19 fatality rate of less than 2 per cent, with most of the new cases being imported.

The committee agreed to the 4 day reduction in the quarantine period and, instead, placed emphasis on safety at quarantine facilities and the tracing of people who were quarantined, Anutin said.

The minister said that according to studies of Covid-19 infections, if a person is quarantined for 14 days, there is a 1 per cent chance that an infected person will not show any symptoms.

And if quarantined for ten days, the chance of not showing symptoms is 5 per cent, and 20 per cent for seven days.

Anutin said that should Thailand remain closed to foreign tourists during this economic hardship slapped by the pandemic, then the country will only soak in economic desperation in the long run. - Xinhua
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