Talk to each other, please
The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) announced it has issued 25,000 face masks to pharmacy stores for public sales. In response, the Thai Pharmacies Association yesterday posted a statement on its Facebook page that no pharmacy store has received any face masks from DIT.
By evening time, DIT responded by saying that it did indeed issue the face mask, but directly to the stores, not via the Association, in order to save time.
They got home too early
Deputy Minister of Public Health Sathit Pitudecha is in charge of the Quarantine Center at Sattahip Naval Base. As Little Ghost Fever is causing panic to the nation, the Deputy Minister has requested undocumented workers returning from South Korea to report themselves within three days. If not, they could face a prison sentence of up to one year and a fine of THB200,000.
Currently, 60 undocumented workers, including three pregnant women, are quarantined at the Naval Base. However, there are reports that around 70-80 returnees fled from the check point at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Therefore, the Deputy Minister warned that they must report themselves immediately or face severe penalties.
However, other reports stated that securities at Suvarnabhumi Airport said stories of escaped undocumented workers are false and likely the result of misunderstandings.
Meanwhile, Doctor Thanarak Phlipat, Department of Disease Control, said that those returnees did not escape the check point. It is likely that they were on returned flights before the check point was set up.
Okay, that makes sense
Mom Luang Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, who starred in the 2001 historical epic, The Legend of Suriyothai, has recently returned from Japan. She did not follow the Ministry of Public Health’s 14-day self-quarantine request, which caused social media backlash.
ML Piyapas took to her personal Instagram account to explain:
“As the media reported that I wasn’t quarantined since returning from Japan, after my return I went for a check-up and there was nothing wrong. No fever and nothing else irregular. I understand the concern over the outbreak of COVID-19 and offer my support to all the personnel who give their full commitments in protecting [the people] and handling [the outbreak]. I hope our country will make it through this crisis.”
South Korea is on the high-risk list; Japan has been taken off the list. Perhaps that’s why. Different countries, different standards.