Nine Thais arrived back from London with high fever on Monday (May 18), while three more from Singapore have been placed under investigation for Covid-19.
Kittiphong Kittikhajorn, deputy director of operations at Suvarnabhumi Airport, said on Tuesday (May 19) that airport staff screened passengers who arrived on EVA Air flight BR068 from London yesterday. “Out of 264 passengers, nine had high fevers and were rushed to hospital immediately,” he said.
“The rest were transported to government-designated quarantine facilities, which include Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel in Chonburi, and Movenpick Hotel and Qiu Hotel in Bangkok.”
The UK has the highest incidence of Covid-19 in Europe, with 246,406 confirmed cases and 34,796 deaths as of Tuesday.
On Monday evening, another 130 Thais returned from Singapore aboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ976.
“Staff separated three passengers from the rest, as they displayed coronavirus-like symptoms, and sent them to hospital for investigation,” said Kittiphong. “The rest were transported to the Ambassador Jomtien Hotel to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine.”
The screening and transportation of passengers were carried out by airport staff, Department of Disease Control officials and police from local stations in Samut Prakan province. Region 1 police chief Pol Lt Gen Amphol Buarabporn also visited the airport on Monday to oversee the process and offer moral support as well as supplies to officials on duty.