Thailand relaxes lock-down measures as infections subside


The government of Thailand was looking to relax restrictions on inbound foreigners as the country reached 28 days with no record of local transmission.

In a report by The Jakarta Post, a senior official said that the government was working on guidelines that were seen to benefit business executives, skilled workers, and foreign nationals working in Thailand.

“The first three groups will be able to return to Thailand and stay in 14-day state quarantine,” Taweesin Wisanuyothin, spokesman for the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, was quoted as saying.

He added that medical tourists will also be allowed entry to assist treatments at hospitals.

Short-term business travelers and tourists from developing countries namely Japan, South Korea, and China will be allowed without having to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The proposed relaxation of restrictions will be endorsed to the coronavirus task force on Friday, June 26.

Thailand, which has prohibited international commercial flights up to the end of the month, recorded 3,151 positive coronavirus infections, of which 58 have died.

Meanwhile, Myanmar reported 23 virus cases among migrant workers who were deported from Thailand, raising questions about the possibility of transmission in Thailand. Both countries were looking into the matter.

School resumption looms

Meanwhile, Thai schools are in preparation for the new normal learning next week, with pupils now taught of hygiene and social distancing measures.

Classrooms, dining halls, and play areas were also being modified to prepare for the phased return of students.

According to Jakarta Post, Bangkok’s Wichutit School has been putting students through a day of drills in hand-washing, playground etiquette, and forming orderly lines one meter apart.

The school invited children aged 3 to 4 to rehearse putting on masks and face shields.

“This is going to be something new for the kids and they’re excited. They’ve been cooperative because parents also practice the same new normal at home,” Wichutit director Pornnicha Chatapun was quoted as saying.

“It’s a normal life for them now, and they won’t feel weird about it.”