Bangkok, 01 March, 2020 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide a daily update on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Thailand.
Today, the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health has reported that there are currently 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 being treated in hospitals, 30 cases recovered and discharged, and 1 death. The total accumulated number of confirmed cases is 42.
Thailand’s declaration of COVID-19 as the nation’s 14th dangerous communicable disease comes into effect as of today. The move is aimed at safeguarding public health and to allow health authorities to effectively prevent and control the disease.
The Ministry has also issued the following recommendations to the Public:
- If anyone has symptoms including fever, sore throat, respiratory tract infection symptoms such as runny nose, cough, reproductive cough, tachypnea or dyspnea within 14 days after departing from a risk or affected area, they should wear a hygienic mask, wash their hands and seek medical care at a nearby hospital or meet the public health officers immediately, and inform the healthcare workers of their travel history to reduce the risk of complications from pneumonia progressing to severe or fatal outcomes.
- A person with an underlying disease should avoid traveling outbound, where there is an ongoing outbreak. If this is unavoidable, people should avoid making contact with patients who have respiratory symptoms, avoid visiting markets selling live animals and avoid close contact with animals, especially with sick or dead animals.
- For the general public, please take care of yourself during seasonal changes and comply with the recommendations “eat cooked food, use serving spoons, wash hands,” and wear masks while coughing, sneezing, and avoid making contact with patients who have respiratory symptoms.
For tourists, see the TAT’s recommendations: What Travellers Need to Know When Planning a Trip to Thailand.