More confinement sites sought as returnees isolated


Authorities are quarantining 1,206 returnees to prevent Covid-19 spread. 

Anek Mungaomklang, director of the Institution for Urban Disease Control, said on Thursday (April 23) that the government is seeking more quarantine sites in Bangkok and other provinces. 

The capital currently has 10 quarantine sites, while Chonburi and Nakhon Pathom provinces have four each. So far, 1,478 people are under quarantine in Bangkok and 1,192 in provinces. Of them, nine are infected with Covid-19. 

Nationwide, 3,506 people are quarantined and 62 of them infected. 

The Defence Ministry is in charge of state quarantine efforts with additional help from the Department of Disease Control and other health organisations. 

The quarantined people will be monitored for five to seven days for symptoms and anyone tagged as patients under investigation will be sent to state-run hospitals. 

The Urban Disease Control Institution was named the hub of state quarantine and medical staff are being trained to handle the situation.