Thai PM inspects airport screening for Coronavirus


BANGKOK  – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday inspected the screening of travelers for coronavirus at Suvarnabhumi Airport and assured that the precautionary measures are in line with international standards.

Prayut visited Suvarnabhumi Airport, one of five airports in Thailand conducting health screening for coronavirus since January 3, to boost morale of the health officials.

The prime minister and Cabinet minister observed the screening of international passengers and expressed their support for the operation.

Prayut reiterated that the government had been able to fully contain the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus after stepping up its monitoring and assessment.

The government’s effective measures were carried out under international standards and the screenings of international passengers were done thoroughly, he said.

There have been 14 confirmed virus infection cases in Thailand, five have recovered and been discharged from hospital while the rest are given treatments at hospitals.

The prime minister also informed that the government was ready to evacuate 65 Thai people living in Wuhan whenever the Chinese government gives permission.

Thailand and China had coordinated on the matter through diplomatic channels while the Thai Embassy in Beijing had provided assistance to the Thai citizens, he added.