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Agriculture Ministry to defer or cancel all overseas travel of its staff

Feb 29. 2020
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By THE NATION

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives said on Friday (February 28) that it is taking steps to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus or Covid-19 at all agencies, state enterprises and public organisations under the ministry.

Anan Suwannarat, director-general of the ministry, said: “These measures are in keeping with the announcement of the Ministry of Public Health that has raised the danger level of Covid-19 pneumonia to level 3 under the Communicable Disease Act BE 2558,” he said. “All agencies under the Ministry of Agriculture will cancel or postpone all overseas travels until further notice, even to countries with no or low level of infection, as the Thai officials are likely to be held in quarantine for 14 days, which will affect the work schedule anyway.”

“In case the travel was already approved by a superior and cannot be cancelled, postponed, or the travel is of utmost importance to the department’s operation, officials must stay in quarantine for 14 days when they return to Thailand,” he added. “Furthermore, all officials should monitor the virus situation closely and follow up on announcements and advice from the Ministry of Public Health.”

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