Thai government to quarantine all arrivals from six countries and territories

Thailand’s government will implement quarantine measures to arrivals from six countries and territories due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a government statement published late Thursday.

The areas in question are Macao, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy and Iran who were labeled as ‘dangerous communicable disease areas.’

Authorities will require arriving passengers from those six territories to self-quarantine for 14 days at home or a hotel and report to health officials on their condition daily.

A fine of 20,000 baht will be assessed to those that break quarantine.

The new regulations clarify earlier miscommunications from the Ministry of Public Health.

The confusion stemmed from a post made on Facebook on Tuesday by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stating that the government would take “extreme measures” in addressing the threat of a widespread coronavirus outbreak by mandating a 14-day home quarantine for visitors from nine at-risk countries. 

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health confirmed on Thursday four new cases of coronavirus bringing the total number of confirmed cases in-country to 47.

Among the new cases was an Italian ex-pat returning from Italy, a Thai returning from Italy, a Chinese student traveling through Thailand from Iran and a Thai student returning from Iran.

Thailand says it will also quarantine returning migrant workers from South Korea numbering in the thousands.

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