NATIONAL Police Chief Pol. Gen. Suwat Jangyodsuk today (Dec. 1) ordered urgent tracking of 783 foreign tourists to come in for the RT-PCR Covid test and also tightened border controls to block the new Omicron variant, Amarin TV said.
He had told Immigration Bureau to check how many foreign tourists came to Thailand from Nov. 15 onwards, particularly from Africa, and was informed that approximately 783 did so and police are now trying to reach all of them to undergo the test and ascertain how they are doing.
Pol. Gen. Suwat added that he is continuously following up on this issue but the detailed work is being handled by the Immigration Bureau.
He believes that these foreigners have by now spread all over the country, particularly tourist cities including Bangkok. He urged the public to not panic because police are taking quick action in coordination with the Public Health Ministry.
Tougher action is now being taken against migrant workers sneaking across the border as can be seen from increased arrests, he said, adding that strict measures are also in place at airports to detect infection.
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