Thailand: Second successive day of nearly 1,000 cases as airlines banned from selling food, drinks to passengers on domestic flights

BANGKOK, April 12 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Thailand on Monday confirmed 985 new Covid-19 cases, a new daily record since the pandemic began, bringing the total caseload to 33,610, according to the Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of Monday's new confirmed cases, 980 were domestic infections, with 634 being confirmed at hospitals and 346 others being detected via active testing at communities and workplaces, while five others were imported cases.

No additional death was reported Monday, leaving the total death toll at 97, according to the CCSA.

Thailand has so far confirmed 33,610 cases, 30,407 of which were domestic cases while 3,203 others were imported cases. Some 28,248 patients have fully recovered and been released from hospitals while 5,265 others are currently hospitalised.

Meanwhile, The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has prohibited airlines from serving food and drinks to passengers on board planes flying domestic routes, except in emergency cases, with effect from April 13, in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The order, signed by CAAT chairman Suttipong Kongpool, also covers eating and drinking of food or beverages brought by passengers.

The decision came after a new wave was reported in Bangkok earlier this month, which quickly spread to several provinces nationwide.

The ban will be in effect until the situation improves or a new regulation is announced.

The CAAT also has prohibited the distribution of newspapers, magazines or any pamphlets to passengers on flights, except those related to safety, in order to minimise passengers touching surfaces that could spread the virus. Selling of souvenirs or duty-free goods in-flight is also prohibited.

Other measures that airlines need to follow include installing infrared thermal scanners for passengers and staff, enforcing the wearing of face mask at all times on board except in emergency cases, and following social distancing.

For flights that are longer than 90 minutes, the airline must reserve the last two rows of seats at the back to quarantine passengers suspected of being infected. - The Nation/Thailand

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