Govt ‘gingerly’ brings back stranded Thais


Even though it has arranged four flights to bring back Thais stranded overseas, government says it still being cautious and will ensure each returnee undergoes a 14-day state-imposed quarantine.  

The number of confirmed cases in Thailand has also been dropping significantly over the past few days, with only 13 new Covid-19 infections confirmed on Thursday (April 23). 


Meanwhile, two flights landed in Bangkok on Thursday, bringing back 144 Thais stranded in Malaysia and 55 stuck in Turkey.  

Two flights have been scheduled for Friday. They will bring 171 Thais from India, 104 of whom are Buddhist monks, and 31 from Japan.  

Natapanu Nopakun, deputy spokesperson at the Foreign Ministry, said Thai embassies have been providing food and necessities to locals stranded overseas due to the banning of all incoming flights until the end of this month.  

Separately, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has been repeatedly reminding people and the authorities to be cautious as new cases could spike like in Singapore if restrictions are eased too early or if people stop practising social distancing.