A Health Ministry official proposed on Monday that quarantined foreigner visitors be allowed to visit specified tourist destinations before their 14 days were up.
Dr. Thares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Department of Health Service Support, suggested yet another hair-brained idea to curtail the 14-day quarantine period standard around the world for the sake of reviving Thailand’s moribund tourism industry.
He said under such a scheme, quarantined people could visit specified destinations instead of staying inside their rooms during the 14-day quarantine period.
Routes to their tourist destinations would be fixed and the tourists would be tracked to make sure they stayed on their routes. Besides, officials would accompany them on the way.
Officials of the department discussed the idea with authorities of the provinces that were popular tourist destinations and ready for the implementation.
Officials had yet to ask local residents if they would support the idea, Thares said. The reaction of said residents wouldn’t be hard to guess.
Meanwhile, Thailand recorded two new coronavirus patients Monday, Thai returnees from the United States and Sweden.
The Department of Disease Control stated that both returnees were quarantined and raised the total of Covid-19 cases in the country to 3,643.
Three patients recovered over the past 24 hours and the total recovered cases increased to 3,457. The death toll stood still at 59.