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Thailand reports one new coronavirus case, total reaches 41 – health official
FILE PHOTO: Commuters wearing protective masks ride the skytrain in Bangkok, Thailand, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand recorded one new case of coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 41 since January, a senior health official said on Friday.
The new case is a 25-year-old Thai man, a tour guide who recently returned from South Korea and was diagnosed with the virus on Feb. 24, Sukhum Kanchanaphimai, the health ministry's permanent secretary said in a news conference.
So far, 28 coronavirus patients have recovered and returned home and 13 are still being treated in hospitals.
More than 2,700 people in China have died from the virus but Thailand has not recorded any fatality so far.
(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
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Kuwait to check visiting ships for coronavirus, evacuate citizens from Thailand
CAIRO (Reuters) – Kuwait will check visiting ships for the new coronavirus before allowing them to dock and require crew members to stay on board as part of measures to prevent the spread of the disease, state news agency KUNA said.
Earlier on Friday, the Gulf Arab state confirmed two more cases of the virus in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 45, a Health Ministry official said.
Kuwait announced several precautionary measures on Thursday including forcing all flight passengers to sign a waiver that would make them subject to quarantine for a minimum of two weeks at the Kuwaiti authorities’ discretion.
Kuwait Airways will operate a flight to Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, to evacuate Kuwaiti citizens there, the information ministry said on Twitter on Friday.
The ministry said the flight from Bangkok would leave on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Bangkok time, and urged its citizens in ..
VIENTIANE, 28 February 2020: Lao Airlines will halt flights
to South Korea 1 March following a spike in cancellations and an absence of
According to a report in the Laotian Times, the airline said
recent flights were “empty from Seoul to Vientiane while many South
Koreans have stopped travelling overseas.”
On the plus side, Lao Airlines will add a new service from
Vientiane to Danang in central Vietnam from 29 March using the 70-seat ATR72.
The flight will operate three times weekly (Tuesday,
Thursday and Sunday) departing Vientiane at 1110 and arriving in Danang 1250.
The return flight will depart at 1350 and arrive in Vientiane at 1535,
Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways has cancelled flights to Seoul from
Cam Ranh and Danang in central Vietnam effective from 26 February to 28 March.
In South Korea, Air Busan is cutting service to cities in
Asia. Destinations affected are Taipei; Danang, Vietnam; Kaohsiung, Taiwan;
Hanoi, Vietnam; Vientiane, Vietnam; Cebu, Philippines; B..
SINGAPORE, 27 February 2020: The third edition of ProWine Asia (Singapore) will convene 13 to 16 July 2020 at Singapore Expo after the organisers rescheduled the event from original dates 31 March to 3 April.
Co-organised by Messe Düsseldorf Asia and Informa Markets,
ProWine Asia (Singapore) will now co-locate with the FHA-HoReCa hospitality
Messe Düsseldorf Asia ProWine Asia (Singapore), project
director Beatrice Ho said: “The
international showcase of wine and spirit labels with that of products and
technologies serving the food and hospitality sectors, make for a dynamic
pairing and an unrivalled marketplace for cross-sector contacts.”
“The national pavilions and country groups, as well as major
exhibitors, have expressed commitment to returning during the new dates and to
working closely with us to deliver yet another successful trade fair once
again,” she added.
Singapore, Informa Markets hospitality food & beverage
event director Martyn Cox said: “We are pleas..
BERLIN, 28 February 2020: Just days before the ITB Berlin is
due to open, show owner Messe Berlin says all exhibitors and trade visitors
will be asked to complete a health declaration as a prerequisite for access to
The world’s largest travel trade show that attracts 100,000 visitors from 180 countries convenes 4 to 9 March with the trade days Wednesday to Friday and opening at the weekend to travel consumers.
Exhibitors will face long queues at the security checkpoints
at Messe Berlin entrances, on the morning of 4 March where they will need to
present both a badge and health form to officers to enter the halls.
At the instructions of the local health authorities, ITB
Berlin has posted a PDF declaration form on its website. This declaration will
help local health authorities to identify persons who belong to the Covid-19
Risk group checklist
A recent stay, within the last 14 days, in the risk areas named below by the Robert Koch Institute:
China: Hubei Pr..
BANGKOK, 28 February 2020: Thailand’s official delegation to ITB Berlin, 4 to 8 March, cuts back activities with fewer executives attending from the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
Similar cuts in team presence from Bangkok Airways and Thai International were also confirmed Thursday. The Thailand pavilion and the surrounding cluster of boots representing destinations across the country will function normally. However, veteran ITB attendees warn that some European tour operators might give the show a miss.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand cancelled the annual Thai
media trip to ITB Berlin a standard feature for decades.
A TAT source
confirmed that the country’s official events at ITB had been cut back in
response to the global spread of the Covit-19 virus.
It is understood TAT cancelled the ITB Berlin Networking
Lunch an event TAT and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports used to present
industry updates for the international media and tour ope..
BERLIN, 29 February 2020 – ITB Berlin 2020 is cancelled due to the rapid spread of Covid-19 Messe Berlin reported in a press statement late Friday evening.
The decision was made following strong recommendations from the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics during the course of the day that presured Messe Berlin to cancel the show the first-ever in 54 years.
In its statement, Messe Berlin confirmed the health authority of the district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in Berlin imposed significantly tighter restrictions on holding the event, 4 to 8 March, that prompted the decision to cancel.
Among its requirements, the authority stipulated that each participant would need to prove to Messe Berlin that they were not from a designated risk area or had not been in contact with a person or persons from a risk area.
“It is not possible for Messe Berlin to satisfy these requirements overall,” Messe Berlin stated in the announcement released 1827 Friday evening.
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What we will need is simply to have assurance before leaving.
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BANGKOK, 27 February 2020: THAI has extended the ticket
change fee waiver for passengers to make changes to airline tickets and even
routes as Covid-19 outbreak regional travel demand.
Thai Airways International vice president sales department, Nond Kalinta, updated the status of the fee waiver for changing flights and routes Wednesday.
Roundtrip flights Bangkok to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore
Passengers holding tickets for travel on THAI or THAI Smile
code-share flights that were issued before and/or on 18 February 2020, for
travel from 18 February to 30 April 2020. The fee waiver applies to roundtrip
flights from Bangkok to Tokyo (Narita/Haneda), Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sapporo,
Sendai, Seoul, Pusan, Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Singapore.
Roundtrip flights from Bangkok to China and Hong Kong
It applies to passengers holding tickets on THAI roundtrip
flights from Bangkok to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Kunming, and
Also, applicable for roundtrip code-share fl..