Thai Airways says medical certificate will be needed to board in at-risk countries

Thai Airways said on Monday that it will comply with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand’s guideline that all boardings in at-risk countries must be accompanied by a health certificate due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The health certificate must state that the passenger was fit to fly.

Company President Sumeth Damrongchaitham said that both he and the airline would do its utmost to mitigate risks to passengers and crew including by following the guidelines set out by the CAAT.

The Thai government said last Thursday that it would ask travelers arriving from China, Macao, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy and Iran to self-quarantine for 14 days and report daily to public health officials.

The government also declared Japan, Germany, South Korea, China, Taiwan, France, Singapore, Italy, and Iran at-risk zones.

It is unclear whether Thai Airways would require medical certificates from the six-country self-quarantine areas or the larger 9-country at-risk areas.

Earlier, an Australian man traveling from Bangkok to Brisbane on a Thai Airways flight was confirmed to have coronavirus, according to a statement put out by the Australian State Government of Queensland.

The 81-year-old man had traveled on TG 473 from Bangkok to Brisbane on February 26 and is now quarantined and isolated in the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Both the Queensland Government and Thai Airways say they are trying to track down at-risk passengers who was on board the flight.

Global toll climbs over 110,000 cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases climbed to 114,054 cases as of Tuesday morning. The number of cases in Italy and Iran spiked dramatically increasing by 1,797 and 595, respectively.

The number of deaths also climbed over 4,003.

The number of cases in Thailand remained steady at 50, with health authorities denying that the country was trying to hide the actual number of cases.

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