SOON after the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) banned gatherings nationwide amid an upsurge in coronavirus infections the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) also issued new regulations forbidding passengers from eating and drinking on domestic flights, Amarin TV reported today (Dec. 30, 2020).
These steps followed CCSA’s announcement that over the past 24 hours there were 250 new Covid-19 cases, with 241 being domestic infections of which two emerged from migrant workers, while eight travellers from overseas entered state quarantine and one did not.
This takes the total number of confirmed cases to 6,690, with there being 4,688 domestic infections and 1,383 among migrant workers. Altogether 4,212 patients having been cured, 2,417 are still hospitalised while the death toll remains stationary at 61.
Of the eight overseas travellers, three came from the US, two from Kenya, and one each from Kuwait, Australia and Russia. The foreigner who came to Thailand and skipped the 14-day quarantine is from Myanmar.
The five provinces with the highest number of newly-infected patients are Chonburi with 108 cases, Rayong 53, Nonthaburi 17, Bangkok 15 and Samut Sakhon 12.
CAAT issued a notice today saying with the spike in coronavirus cases in many areas airline operators are to implement the following guidelines from tomorrow until further notice:
– It is now forbidden to eat and drink during flights. In case of emergency or necessity the crew may consider providing drinking water to passengers at an area as far away from other passengers as possible;
– It is now prohibited to provide newspapers, magazines and other publications for passengers to read. The exception is safety-related documents.
CAAT also said that passengers have to wear face mask throughout the flight but may continue sitting close to each other.
Meanwhile Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, CCSA’s spokesman, also announced today that in order to prevent further spreading of Covid-19 the head of the agency had issued the following notice with immediate effect:
– People are forbidden from gathering in a way that risks spreading disease nor should they take this opportunity to add to the public’s suffering or spitefully spread it;
– Gatherings and holding activities are forbidden in both maximum control and normal control areas except for activities within the family or personal premises and government activities;
– Gatherings and holding activities in both maximum control and normal control areas require the governor’s permission except for activities within the family or personal premises and government activities;
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