Thai Cabinet has approved a third central budget of 883 million baht for the Department of Defense; it will be used to fund the cost of state quarantine requirements.
Ms. Traisulee Traisaranakul, Government Deputy Spokesperson, said that the third central budget approved for the Ministry of Defense will cover the cost of preparing private facilities for state quarantine. From March 7 to June 30, two government offices and more than 30 private hotels were used for the quarantine of returnees. The Ministry of Defense had previously been allocated two central budgets: Phase 1 at 95 million baht, and Phase 2 at 97 million baht.
There were 22,470 Thais seeking to return to Thailand between July 1 and to August 31, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Defense Ministry has requested additional budget to support 19,577 people who have not yet been funded. The Prime Minister has approved a central budget for the Ministry of Defense to use in preparing quarantine facilities to accommodate 41,514 people.
The expenses include compensation for personnel, accommodation rental and food expenses for personnel, accommodation rental and food expense for people under quarantine, medical supply expenses and other expenses. (NNT)