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Thailand suspends incoming passenger flights to fight coronavirus

BANGKOK (1) - Thailand will quickly ban all passenger flights from touchdown within the nation to curb the outbreak of the brand new coronavirus, the nation’s aviation company stated on Friday.

The empty procuring district avenue is seen after a curfew was imposed to stop the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Bangkok, Thailand April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The ban on incoming flights will come into impact on Saturday morning and run till the top of Monday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand stated in an order revealed late on Friday.

Anybody arriving on a flight that took off earlier than the order got here into impact will want to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival in Thailand, the order stated.

It got here simply hours after a commotion at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport when greater than 100 Thai nationals arrived on totally different flights on Friday, a Thai immigration officer advised 1.

“A public well being officer allowed them to quarantine themselves at residence. There was a commotion as a result of they stated they weren’t conscious that they had to be put in a state quarantine,” the officer stated.

Thailand, which has reported 1,978 instances of the coronavirus and 19 deaths to date, desires to keep away from importing extra instances.

Since March 1, there was a rising quantity of people that have been contaminated overseas earlier than returning residence. The authorities have put practically 2,000 individuals who got here into contact with them in quarantine.

The ban on incoming air journey got here a day after the Thai authorities requested residents overseas to delay returning residence till after April 15 in a bid to cease imported instances.

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Thailand has 11 worldwide airports, together with within the capital Bangkok, which is below a curfew from Friday, and the favored vacationer island Phuket, which was planning to shut its airport from April 10 to April 30.

Earlier on Friday, the nation reported 103 new coronavirus instances and 4 extra deaths.

(The story corrects variety of worldwide airports in Thailand to 11, from 6, in paragraph 9)

Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat, Panarat Thepgumpanat, and Chayut Setboonsarng; Enhancing by David Clarke, Grant McCool and Jane Wardell

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