Bangkok, 22 April, 2020, at 14.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide further updates that the number of new Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Thailand dropped to 15 today, so far the lowest for this month, while 36 provinces have reported no new infections in the last 14 days.
Today, 22 April, 2020, the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported 15 new local cases of COVID-19 bringing the total to 2,826, and one new death adding the toll to 49. The number of recovered cases is 244 bringing the total to 2,352. The number of patients, who are still receiving medical treatment dropped to 425.
The 36 provinces that have reported no new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days are Amnat Charoen, Buri Ram, Chanthaburi, Chiang Rai, Kalasin, Kanchanaburi, Lamphun, Lop Buri, Mae Hong Son, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phrae, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Roi Et, Sa Kaeo, Sakon Nakhon, Samut Songkhram, Saraburi, Si Sa Ket, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri, Surin, Tak, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Uthai Thani, Uttaradit, and Yasothon. Thailand first reported 25 provinces with no new cases in the two-week period from 2-15 April, 2020.
The 10 provinces that remain free of the COVID-19 infection so far are Ang Thong, Bueng Kan, Chai Nat, Kamphaeng Phet, Nan, Phichit, Ranong, Satun, Sing Buri, and Trat. Satun was added as of yesterday, 21 April, 2020, as having no local cases.
Thailand is divided into 76 provinces and one special administrative area (the capital Bangkok).
REMINDER: National State of Emergency
On 25 March, 2020, the Royal Thai Government declared a State of Emergency and enacted the 2005 Emergency Decree in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand. The Emergency Decree is in place from 26 March, 2020, to 30 April, 2020. And as stated above, the Government would assess the situation again during the last week of April 2020.
A recap of the first raft of measures issued under the Emergency Decree
Visa relief measures announced on 7 April, 2020 https://immigration.go.th/content/visa_auto_extension
The Thai cabinet yesterday, 21 April, 2020, approved the extension to the current visa relief measures, to cover a new period from 1 May – 31 July, 2020. However, the new dates will not be official until the extension has been published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette.
Public transport suspend/adjust services
Once again, TAT would like to remind all international and domestic tourists to stay safe through this difficult time, prepare for the time when travel and tourism returns, and we can all enjoy the amazing Thai travel experiences with our beloved family and friends.
In the meantime, please adhere to the recommendations to prevent the COVID-19 infection by the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health:
The Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, also gave suggestions for the elderly group and those with underlying diseases; such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic renal failure, etc., that they should stay inside the house. Do not let unknown people come near you. Refuse to participate in social activities or traditional activities with groups of people. Stay at home with hobbies to relax; such as, watering plants, cleaning the house and exercising to maintain good health.
TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (https://www.tatnews.org/). For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.
For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travellers, please visit https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/index.php.
This press release is published on 22 April, 2020, at 14.00 Hrs. All information is accurate at the current time but can be changed depending on the situation. The TAT Newsroom will not be updating this press release but will issue new updates as soon as further information becomes available.