Thailand plans to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, Hubei

Last update: 28/01/2020

BANGKOK, Jan 27 -- Thailand plans to evacuate its citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus. 

Deputy Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs Ministry Thana Weskosith said there are 64 Thais in Wuhan and another 18 living in Hubei Province. 

At present, he said epidemic-stricken Wuhan and Hubei Province remained on lockdown. 

“No country is allowed to evacuate their citizens. 

“However, we are ready to bring the Thais home if the Chinese authorities give the green light,” he told  a press conference after a Rapid Response Centre (RRC) meeting at the Foreign Ministry here  today. 

Thailand has eight confirmed cases of coronavirus, the most number of cases outside China and those infected are from outside the country.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnverakul said so far local transmission has not been identified in the kingdom. 

From Jan 3 up  to yesterday, 102 suspected cases were reported and 48 suspected patients have been quarantined at the hospitals.

Meanwhile  the Public Health Ministry has beefed up its monitoring at all entry points to check on travellers entering and leaving the country to prevent spread of coronavirus. 

In Betong, Yala, southern Thailand, health officials have tightened screening process to detect suspected persons with symptoms of coronavirus at the borders.