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Thailand’s fishing fleet tests negative for Covid-19

Jun 11. 2020
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By The Nation

Fishing crews in all 22 coastal provinces of Thailand are being screened for Covid-19 whenever they enter or leave port.

Staff from the Department of Employment (DOE) are monitoring their symptoms under the supervision of 30 Port In-Port Out Controlling Centres around the country.

Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul, the department's director-general, said that the move was aimed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and encourage workers to follow disease control guidelines.

"The staff screen workers before checking that foreign workers' have work permits," said Suchat, adding that so far no cases of undocumented or infected fishing crew had been discovered by DOE staff.

He explained that Port In-Port Out Controlling Centres come under the Fisheries Department and are tasked with inspecting fishing boats, equipment, and workers for compliance with the law.

"Staff from provincial employment offices in 22 coastal provinces have been cooperating with Port In-Port Out Controlling Centres and related authorities to check fishing boats since January this year," he added.

"From January to April this year, we checked 13,715 fishing boats as they entered and exited ports a total of 37,383 times. On board were 53,192 Thai workers, and 102,345 foreign workers."

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