Dhaka: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced today that the country’s National Communicable Disease Committee (NCDC) has declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) a dangerous contagious disease.
The announcement comes as a proactive measure aimed at safeguarding public health, hence further reaffirming Thailand’s strong capacities and its very strict system of monitoring and containment of the disease.
However, it does not mean that the country has stepped into the third phase of the outbreak.
The NCDC has made such decision to allow health authorities to effectively prevent and control the disease. In the event of an urgent necessity, it has the authority to close various locations and order patients or suspected patients to temporarily cease working.
All tourism and travel activities are continuing as per usual with stringent health surveillance systems and stepped up hygiene measures in place.
The Ministry of Public Health is continuing to implement strict surveillance at all points of entry including ground, sea and air.
All tourism-related businesses, both in the Thai public and private sectors across the Kingdom, have stepped up hygiene measures and are working together to combat the crisis.
All incoming visitors are advised to “travel safely” by practising daily hygiene habits: frequently wash hands with water and soap or alcohol gel; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; strictly comply with the recommendations of “eat cooked food, use serving spoons and wash hands”, and wear hygienic masks when in a crowded area.
While travelling, TAT suggested to avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, avoid visiting crowded places and wear a surgical mask if respiratory symptoms surface.
If any tourists become sick while travelling, TAT has requested to seek medical care early, or contact the Department of Disease Control Hotline 1422.