TRAVELLING TO HUA HIN FROM HIGH-RISK PROVINCES
Hua Hin Municipal is urging citizens who have travelled recently from Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Rayong, and other ‘high-risk’ provinces, including business owners who currently employs migrant workers to make use of the HUAHINCHANA application.
Although the HUAHINCHANA application is not related to the ThaiChana or MorChana platform, the municipal requires everyone who travelled through vulnerable provinces to use the app to scan the QR code and provide vital travel information in accordance with the “Distancing, Mask-wearing, Testing and ThaiChana” concept.
INTERPROVINCIAL TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
An announcement in the Royal Gazette states that Samut Sakhon, Chon Buri, Rayong, Trat, and Chanthaburi are designated as the highest level strict control zones and will see tougher travel restrictions. Prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha issued the directive under the state of emergency, which has been extended until the end of February.
The local authorities have the power to examine and control the use of transport routes and vehicles. There will be more checkpoints set up to intensify the screening of people entering or leaving the areas. Only essential travel allowed, with the permission of local authorities.
Residents in these five provinces must use the Mor-Chana or the Thai-Chana tracing applications.
Those found guilty of violation of the new directive are liable to a prison term of up to two years and/or a fine of up to 40,000 THB.
Contact tracing applications are now compulsory for people living in Thailand and those who do not use them and later test positive for COVID-19 could face legal action.
Members of the public, particularly those residing in high risk areas now need to download the Mor Chana or Thai Chana contact tracing app, Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesperson Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin has announced.
The government’s Mor Chana and Thai Chana apps enable health workers to track a person’s movements and places they have visited in the event they may have come into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
Dr Thaweesin also confirmed the travel restrictions in place in five eastern provinces, which prevents all but essential travel in and out of Chonburi, including Pattaya, Trat, Samut Sakhon, Chanthaburi and Rayong. Anyone travelling to or from these provinces must have the contact tracing apps installed on their smartphone.
Download Thailand’s COVID-19 contact tracing apps:
The office of Thailand’s Prime Minister announced today that the cabinet has resolved to allocate about 1.2 billion baht for the first 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
This first lot of vaccines will have to get approval from China’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), before being exported to Thailand. Then it has to get approval from the Thai FDA before being distributed.
The government’s pharmaceutical department will manage the import, while the disease control department will handle distribution.
The first group of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Thailand will be about 20,000 medical personnel, health volunteers and field officials in Red Zones and another 180,000 doses are for high-risk groups. The operation is expected to begin in February.
Thailand will receive another 26 million doses, from AstraZeneca, in May. There is currently no published distribution plan for this lot, but the government confirmed that at least 60 million people in the country will ultimately be inoculated.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has threatened to close restaurants that fail to comply with COVID-19 restrictions for 14 days. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said all districts must make sure that restaurants strictly implement the BMA’s COVID-19 measures.
The BMA also urged people who have been to 6 outlets affected by the virus to contact the BMA immediately. These restaurants are Groove Evening restaurant, New Jazz restaurant, The Sun restaurant, The Roof Bar restaurant, Isarn Krongkaew restaurant and Freshy Plaza.
The government is looking for locations for more provincial field hospitals, in preparation for more coronavirus-infected patients. Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin said the country had to prepare for a possible worst-case scenario that the number of new infections could rise sharply. He added that wherever a field hospital is built it will serve only people in that province.
Commercial and domestic flights at U-Tapao International Airport are suspended until 31 January following another surge of Covid-19 outbreak in Rayong and Chon Buri, which are classified as “red zone” provinces with maximum control and restrictions.