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Bangkok governor issues 7 strict guidelines for public to tackle Covid-19 spread

Mar 23. 2020
Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang, Bangkok Governor
Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang, Bangkok Governor
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By The Nation

Bangkok Governor Pol General Aswin Kwanmuang issued seven urgent guidelines today (March 23) to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

The guidelines are:

1. People should not travel out of Bangkok because they could be infected during travelling and may spread the disease to especially children and the elderly in other areas.

2. People should stay put in their homes, clean these frequently, especially surfaces that are touched regularly and bathrooms, to protect themselves and their families.

3. Both government and private organisations should issue measures to prevent the spread of the disease by cleaning frequently touched surfaces and toilets and keeping seats apart by least 1 to 2 metres.

Besides, organisations must take care of their employees’ health by following Public Health Ministry guidelines, such as using face masks, having hand-sanitising points, and going in for proper waste management, while they have to consider implementing a shift roster for employees or allowing staff to work from home and use video teleconferencing instead.

4. People who have visited boxing stadiums, entertainment venues or other places where confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported, including those in contact with patients, should closely observe their health and immediately see a doctor if they have fever, cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.

5. People should avoid going to crowded places and keep a distance of 1 to 2 metres from others.

6. The government and private sectors should refrain from organising activities that draw people together, such as conferences, training courses, seminars, exhibitions, public events, concerts, drama or movie shootings, or viewing programmes in television studios or live broadcast rooms.

7. All mass transportation should reduce crowding of passengers by following Public Health Ministry guidelines, such as adding ticket distribution channels, providing a large enough space for passengers so they are separated 1-2 metres apart, increasing the number of trips, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, setting up hand-sanitising points, checking passengers’ body temperature and carrying out effective waste management.

Besides, they should instruct any passenger who has a cough, is sneezing, or has runny nose to wear a face mask.

“The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has increased quickly,” Governor Aswin said. “Bangkok is an important centre for economy, transportation and tourism and is densely populated, so this capital city is under risk of a rapid spread of the disease,” he said.

“Therefore, controlling public assembly at various locations is highly necessary,” he added.

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