Chinese entering Thailand from Cambodia screened for coronavirus


Chinese nationals arriving in Thailand through the Aranyaprathet border checkpoint in Sa Kaeo are being screened for signs of a fever. (Photo by Sawat Ketngam)
Chinese nationals arriving in Thailand through the Aranyaprathet border checkpoint in Sa Kaeo are being screened for signs of a fever. (Photo by Sawat Ketngam)

SA KAEO: All Chinese nationals entering Thailand from Cambodia via the immigration checkpoint at Ban Khlong Luek in Aranyaprathet district are being given thermal health scans for signs of coronavirus infection.

A screening point has been set up at the arrivals room of the immigration building. The process is supervised by Pol Col Arthit Yakaew, the Sa Kaew immigration police chief, and Thanakrit Saisin, chief of the international disease control unit at the Aranyaprather border checkpoint.

At the screening point, all Chinese nationals entering from Cambodia’s Poi Pet were being checked with a thermoscanner. Anyone found with a body temperature above 38°C would be singled out for examination, Mr Thanakrit said.

If suspected of being infected by the new coronavirus, they would be sent to Aranyaprathet Hospital and quarantined for observation.

About 500 Chinese tourists in tour groups passed the Aranyaprathet border checkpoint on Monday morning. They were all screened and none were found to have a fever. All were allowed to enter Thailand.

In fact, they had all been scanned beforehand at the Poi Pet immigration checkpoint, Mr Thanakrit said.

Most of the Chinese travelling through the Aranyaprathet checkpoint stay in Cambodia and have business there, he said. 

The stringent checks would continue until the epidemic was fully controlled.





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