Pattaya Business and Tourism Association urges government to isolate high-risk group at ASQ accommodation to resolve domestic Covid-19 spread

Chonburi –

The Pattaya Business and Tourism Association urges the Thai government to isolate high-risk people in State Quarantine, supervised by government officials, to potentially delay and prevent the rapid spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus in the country.

President Ratanachai Suthidechanai told the Associated Press today, January 8th, that the new wave of Covid-19 domestic outbreak is considered more severe than ever now that Chonburi has been declared as the highest and strictest controlled area by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Due to the high number of reported infections, a number of people who are considered at risk but initially negative for Covid-19 due to their timeline status or affiliations with high risk groups like gambling are frequently asked to perform quarantine at home, according to the president, since local hospitals are not able to provide sufficient space for isolation.

It was found that many patients have gone out of discipline and went out in public places before completing 14-day quarantine, causing the potential quick spread of Coronavirus.

Therefore, the President of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association has proposed the idea to bring people categorized in a high-risk group of infection to perform state quarantine in all 12 Alternative State Quarantine accommodations in Pattaya as many places are still vacant to do so. Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunplume also agrees according to Ratanachai and will present the idea to the Chonburi Governor for consideration later.

“Currently, the State Quarantine Accommodation is only provided for Thai returnees who came back from abroad, in which the government will pay the expenses. But in the current situation, we would need to discuss with stakeholders and the government whether to provide financial support or not. But if it’s approved, it will greatly delay the domestic pandemic,” Ratanachai concluded.

The exact definition of what would be considered a high risk group was not clearly given.

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