11 July 2024

The Thai government will not disclose the locations where about 160 people, due to be evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan tomorrow, are to be quarantined for two weeks for observation, to avoid possible opposition to their presence from people in the neighbourhood.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today that he will meet with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this afternoon to discuss potential venues to accommodate the evacuees during the 14 day quarantine period.

He said that the ideal location will help the evacuees relax, where they can enjoy fresh air and convenience, adding that the location will not be disclosed for the safety of all parties concerned.

Earlier, the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Navy announced that they are ready to open their barracks to accommodate the returning Thais from Wuhan.

Two medical teams from Phra Mongkut and the RTA Medical Department, led by the director of Bamrasnaradura Hospital, will be on the chartered flight to Wuhan to receive the 160 evacuees.

Regarding the successful treatment of a severe case of coronavirus infection by doctors at the state-run Rajavithi Hospital, the health minister said that using a cocktail of anti-HIV and anti-flu medications is not new.

Mr. Anutin disclosed that Their Majesties the King and Queen have donated medical equipment and medicines to China, which will be delivered by the flight which has been chartered to pick up the Thais stranded in Wuhan.