In his first public remarks since a delegation of 31 Egyptian soldiers and aircrew were allowed to visit several Rayong locations before testing positive for covid-19, Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has apologized for the error, saying:
“I am saddened and I would like to apologise to all Thai people.”
Gen Prayut said that the incident should never have occurred and said that he will take responsibility as the Director of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Referencing the event, he said:
“It shows no respect of the rules and a lack of discipline.”
He explained that the government is gathering information about the areas visited by the delegation and members of the public who were present at those locations within a similar timeframe.
The Prime Minister said that anyone who had used the ThaiChana application to check-in or out of the locations would receive covid-19 tests to ease public concerns.
A second incident, involving the daughter of a Sudanese diplomat who tested positive for covid-19 and was exempt from quarantine has led to a significant review of the current travel regulations for international visitors to Thailand.
Gen Prayut said that while the country will not enter lockdown again, proper measures to respond to the current situation are under consideration. One of these measures is the temporary ban of incoming international flights to Thailand. The Prime Minister said:
“All flights will not be allowed into Thailand temporarily until the problems are fixed. The CCSA has been told to review the easing of the measures. This problem has affected public confidence and safety. The government will do its best. Give the CCSA some time to fix the problem.”
He also said that the government would reassess the guidelines determining which groups of foreigners are allowed into Thailand and placed the “travel bubble” discussion on hold for the time being.
Referring to the “travel bubble” discussions, Gen Prayut said:
“We will not rush through this because there will be more problems when a lot of people are going to come in, especially from the ones that do not keep discipline and respect the rules.”
Source: Bangkok Post