Thailand has set up a COVID-19 testing laboratory inside Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. It’s thought to be the first in Southeast Asia.
The lab will analyse swab tests on-site. Once foreigners are approved to come into Thailand for business on a short-term stay for less than seven days, they will have to go through a swab test at Suvarnabhumi after touching down.
Each test will cost them US$100. The lab, a permanent fixture in the airport, can be used as a testing facility for other diseases like Ebola and MERS or other new emerging viruses in the future.
Thailand recorded five new COVID-19 cases today, all among Thais in state quarantine after returning from Kuwait.
Four of the five new patients are Thai males, aged 34, 46, 48 and 51, who all worked as freelancers. The fifth is a 37-year old Thai woman, who worked as a masseuse. All of them arrived in Thailand on the same flight as five others, who earlier also tested positive for COVID-19.
CCSA spokesman, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, told a news briefing today (Monday) that the new cases bring Thailand’s cumulative infections to 3,195, with 3,072 recoveries and 65 others being treated in hospital. The death toll remains 58.
The Thai government has confirmed the requirements for people wishing to enter the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While Thailand’s borders remain closed to tourists, certain groups of foreigners are allowed to enter the country.
These groups are:
- Persons who hold a valid certificate of residence
- Spouses, parents or child of a Thai national
- Work permit holders
- Students of Thai educational institutions
- Persons who are in need of medical treatment in Thailand
All people in the aforementioned groups are required to have health insurance covering COVID-19, a fit to fly certificate and undergo quarantine once they return to Thailand.
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Has Covid-19 prompted the Belt and Road Initiative to go green?
– Chinese overseas investment dropped off in 2020
– Government remains committed to the wide-ranging infrastructure programme
– Sustainability, health and digital to be the new cornerstones of the initiative
Following a year of coronavirus-related disruptions, China appears to be placing a greater focus on sustainable, digital and health-related projects in its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
As OBG outlined in April last year, the onset of Covid-19 prompted questions about the future direction of the BRI.
Launched in 2013, the BRI is an ambitious international initiative that aims to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes through large-scale infrastructure development.
By the start of 2020 some 2951 BRI-linked projects – valued at a total of $3.9trn – were planned or under way across the world.
However, as borders closed and lockdowns were imposed, progress stalled on a number of major BRI infrastructure developments.
In June China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that 30-40% of BRI projects had been affected by the virus, while a further 20% had been “seriously affected”. Restrictions on the flow of Chinese workers and construction supplies were cited as factors behind project suspensions or slowdowns in Pakistan, Cambodia and Indonesia, among other countries.
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