BANGKOK: Thailand on Sunday (March 15) saw the biggest daily jump in Covid-19 case, with 32 reported, bringing the total number to 114.
Among the 32 cases, nine involved visiting a boxing stadium in Bangkok, three had contacts with tourists in a restaurant at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport and one was a civil servant who was infected while on duty in Spain, said Dr. Suhum Kanchanapimai, permanent secretary to the Ministry of Public Health.
Thailand also said it will classify all travelers into three groups under intensified surveillance for the new coronavirus as officials try to prevent a wider outbreak in the tourism-reliant nation.
People coming from China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran and Italy will be subject to mandatory 14-day self-quarantine, the Tourism Authority of thailand said in a statement. They must apply for visas and present health forms at check-in certifying they are at no risk of developing the disease known as Covid-19, or they will be denied boarding.
These six territories are currently classified as danger zones for the virus but the list could change. For instance, officials have said China could be removed after a drop in infections there.
Arrivals from another group of 11 countries with ongoing local transmission have to report symptoms to officials for at least 14 days as well as the places they visit. The nations are Japan, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the UK and the US.
Remaining visitors will be subject to usual airport checks but are advised to take precautions such as avoiding crowds and wearing masks. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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