BANGKOK, Feb 26 (Bernama) -- Airlines should reduce flash sales and promotions, especially to countries hit by the deadly COVID-19 to contain the outbreak, said Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul.
He also urged Thais to avoid unnecessary travel to countries stricken by the virus and instead travel within the country and help boost the local economy.
“All Thais should join hands to curb the virus outbreak and postpone trips to the affected countries.
“For airlines, please reduce promotions….Even though the tickets and tour packages are cheap, the (medical) treatments are expensive.
“It could be your last holiday,” he said at the daily briefing on COVID-19, here, today.
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Meanwhile, Thailand has recorded three new cases of COVID-19, an elderly Thai couple and their grandchild, bringing the total number in the kingdom to 40.
Public Health permanent secretary, Dr Sukhum Kanchanapimai said the Thai couple came into contact with their eight-year-old grandson upon their return from Hokkaido, Japan on Feb 23.
“It is believed they were infected with COVID-19 while on their trip to Japan and spread the infection to their grandchild back home when he came into contact with them upon their return,” he said.
According to him, the 65-year-old husband has been receiving treatment at the Central Chest Institute of Thailand while his wife and grandchild have been admitted at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi.
Anutin criticised the husband who did not disclose his travel history when he first sought treatment at the hospital.
“This should not happen as he risks becoming a super spreader of the disease….Don’t conceal any information. Patients should inform the doctors of their travel history,” he said.
To date, there have been 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases comprising 26 foreigners and 14 locals with 24 of them having fully recovered and been discharged from hospitals while the remaining 16 are still undergoing treatment.
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