Thailand Public Health Minister Bans Cruise Ship With Suspected Coronavirus Cases From Docking In Thailand To Safeguard The Country
News has emerged that Thailand
’s Public Health Minister cum Deputy Prime Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul has banned a cruise liner with suspected cases of coronavirus
from docking into Thailand’s Laem Chabang port. The cruise ship called Westerdam is a Holland-American ship carrying a total of about 2,800 people onboard including 800 crew members. The ship had previously been denied entry into Manila, Guam and also Japan.
Many are praising the minister’s move as Thailand
needs to protect its citizens as well as foreign residents in the country and cannot allow the influx of visitors or individuals suspected of carrying the coronavirus
into the country.
Meanwhile Japan is dealing with a health crisis as the number of coronavirus
infected passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise liner that it allowed to dock at Yokohama is not increasing to 135 among which are 24 American nationals. The ship is carrying more than 3,700 people onboard.
To date, Thailand’s Public Health Ministry has been working around the clock to ensure that cases of the coronavirus
infections have been kept to a bare minimum by establishing stringent policies like screenings at all points of entry and also proper detection protocols.
The Public Health Ministry has also been working with Thai doctors from various hospitals in terms of developing more effective treatment protocols for the coronavirus
and also there are teams even exploring developing a vaccine.
The Ministry has also been working hard to ensure that there has been a steady supply of mask for the public with all its GPO outlets selling mask at only one baht per piece.
The Public Health Minister despite certain criticisms from certain online media and also certain opposing groups, has been performing extremely well despite some minor ‘PR hiccups’ in managing the coronavirus
situation in Thailand
along with teams from the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry Of Digital Economy to ensure that proper information is being disseminated and that the public is aware of the situation and safeguards are taken.
However the Public Health Minister did face slight opposition from the Tourism and Finance Ministries when he tried to impose travel restrictions and bans on travellers from China as he was wanting to protect the country from more possible spreads of the coronavirus
To date, Thailand
has only 32 cases of coronavirus
infections so far with most having recovered and discharged.
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