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Foreign Ministry puts all embassies on virus high alert

Feb 22. 2020
Foreign Minister, Don Pramudwinai
Foreign Minister, Don Pramudwinai
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By The Nation

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has ordered embassies and consulates around the world to make sure Thais in their jurisdictions are well taken care of amid the Covid-19 virus threat.

Minister Don Pramudwinai said he had ordered them to provide care as needed as well as guidelines for staying healthy and reacting if they fall ill.

“All countries are carefully monitoring the situation, which currently is focused on the increasing number of infected people in South Korea,” he said.

“We have meanwhile directed the embassy in Japan to take care of the Thais who are trapped aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess.”

Thailand has strict prevention and response measures in place, Don said, but the ministry cannot underestimate the danger because of the close proximity to China and Southeast Asian neighbours hit by the virus.

“We’re arranging a meeting of the Rapid Response Centre to monitor the situation in each country,” he said.

The ministry and Chinese authorities will take care of all Thais remaining in China, Don said.

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