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Shorter Quarantines Won’t Spark New Covid-19 Outbreak, but Illegal Migrants Could, Health Officials Warn

Six Burmese nationals were caught Sept. 8 trying to sneak into Thailand.
Six Burmese nationals were caught Sept. 8 trying to sneak into Thailand. (Photo: TNA)

Health officials reassured the public that their decision to shorten coronavirus quarantine times from 14 to 10 days won’t spark a new Covid-19 outbreak, but warned illegal immigrants could.

Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said Friday that only visitors from low risk countries will qualify for the reduced quarantine times. But the move was needed to support the national economy, he said.

Sathit also assured that officials are sealing land borders to block illegal migrants who might otherwise bring in the novel coronavirus.

Yong Poovorawan, chief of the Center of Excellence in Clinical Virology at Chulalongkorn University, said he was worried that after the end of the monsoon season in the next few months, it would be easier for migrants to enter Thailand and Malaysia.

Therefore, officials would have to seriously block illegal migrants at natural border crossings. He recommended such efforts focus on Ranong among provinces bordering neighboring countries.

Meanwhile, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday reported 12 new cases of novel coronavirus disease, all quarantined arrivals from Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Myanmar, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The center said four new cases were from the UAE, three from India and one each from Ethiopia, Jordan, Myanmar, the Philippines and the U.S.

The four cases from the UAE are Thais, two men and two women.