12 July 2024

Thailand’s northeastern provinces of Buri Ram and Bung Karn have imposed restrictions on all travellers from the five Red zones of Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom and Nonthaburi by requiring mandatory quarantine, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

An announcement from the communicable disease committee of Buri Ram, issued on Tuesday, states that all travelers from the five Red zones will be subject to 14-days of quarantine upon arrival in the province, or to 600 baht rapid tests at Buri Ram provincial hospital at their own expense. If the tests are negative, the travelers will not be quarantined.

Travellers from non-Red zones are free to travel in Buri Ram without quarantine or testing

Meanwhile, in Bung Karn province, travel restrictions have also been imposed for travellers from the five Red zones, but they will be required to isolate themselves at home for at least ten days.

In the meantime, the Government Housing Bank (GHB) has ordered the closure of its branches in Trat, Chanthaburi and Samut Sakhon provinces today (Wednesday) and tomorrow for disinfection, after some of their staff members attended a concert on Chang Island, hosted by the bank for its staff and the media, after which it was discovered that a singer, known as “Stamp Apiwat”, was subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday.

66 people, including executives and staff of the GHB, and members of the media, who attended the concert last Friday, have been told to take COVID-19 tests at hospitals and to isolate themselves for 14 days.