As fear and panic over the outbreak of COVID-19 grips the nation, there have been a number of reported incidents involving both undocumented workers (“little ghosts”) and vacationers returning to Thailand from high-risk countries. Many of them ignore the government request for a14-day self-quarantine. Here are some of the reported incidents.
On March 5, the popular restaurant chain MK announced the closure of its Central Pinklao branch for one day, after a customer is found to have recently returned from a high-risk country.
Meanwhile in Phuket, an undocumented worker, who has returned from South Korea, dined at a popular cafe, the owner is closing down for one to three days.
On March 4, a restaurant in Chiang Rai Province closed its door for a day, as another recently returned undocumented work ignored the quarantine request and took his family to dine there. The “little ghost” in question apologized to the restaurant, but insisted he’s not sick.
As well, a woman is reported to have posted on her social media, dining at no less than five Bangkok restaurants. Social media exposed that she has just returned from Japan last Thursday. The woman in question also posted a photo of herself and her friends wearing face masks with the caption “Don’t be afraid of us. We are also afraid of you 😂😂.”
This brings to question: Should Minister of Health Anutin Charvirakul go ahead with the 14-day quarantine, not as a request, but as an enforced rule?