Countries/Regions Requiring Self-Quarantine
As directed by the Office of the Private Education Commission and Ministry of Education on 24 February, all parents, staff and students within schools must follow a strict 14-day self-quarantine if any member of the household has traveled to or transited through a country identified by the Ministry of Public Health. Currently, this includes the following:
- Countries identified by the MOPH as dangerous for travel: China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, Italy, South Korea
- Countries identified by the MOPH as at risk for travel: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA
Within the NIST community we are striving to maintain clear, consistent information based on reliable sources. As the situation continues to develop, additional updates will be archived here.
- Update 23: 17 March 2020
- Update 22: 16 March 2020 (Government directive & shift to online learning)
- Update 21: 14 March 2020
- Update 20: 13 March 2020
- Update 19: 12 March 2020
- Update 18: 11 March 2020 (Possible case in extended community)
- Update 17: 11 March 2020 (Addition to list of countries at risk)
- Update 16: 7 March 2020
- Update 15: 6 March 2020 (Correction of previous announcement)
- Update 14: 5 March 2020 (Removals from list of countries at risk)
- Update 13: 4 March 2020
- Update 12: 2 March 2020 (Additions to list of countries at risk)
- Update 11: 1 March 2020 (Removals from list of countries at risk)
- Update 10: 28 February 2020
- Update 9: 26 February 2020 (Additions to list of countries at risk)
- Update 8: 24 February 2020 (Additions to list of countries at risk)
- Update 7: 24 February 2020
- Update 6: 23 February 2020 (Policy directive from the Ministry of Education)
- Update 5: 23 February 2020
- Update 4: 22 February 2020
- Update 3: 19 February 2020
- Update 2: 29 January 2020
- Update 1: 24 January 2020
COVID-19 Situation Report
As of 20 March the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Thailand has exceeded 200 and is projected to continue rising at a rapid pace. In an attempt to slow the spread, the Thai government has begun implementing social distancing measures similar to other countries around the world. This includes the mandatory closure all school campuses, which have now shifted to online instruction.
It is highly important to note that international travel is now dramatically impacted by the policies being implemented both by airlines and governments. The United States and United Kingdom have both issued notices indicating that any of their citizens who reside in their home countries but are traveling abroad should return as soon as possible or potentially risk being unable to do so at a later date. At this time no special guidance has been given to citizens of those countries who reside abroad.
Approximately 80% of all cases continue to be mild, and more serious infections occur in those 50 years of age or older. Though the fatality rate is several times higher than the common flu, medical experts generally agree that this figure will decrease when we are able to more fully track those with minimal symptoms. Special care should be taken to protect those at the greatest risk: the elderly and older adults with preexisting conditions. While some cases have occurred in children, these represent a small number, and the symptoms are mild. If you or a family member is ill, and you were at risk of exposure, seek out medical advice, as this will dramatically improve quality of care.
COVID-19 Information & Precautions
- Schools are institutions dedicated to educating children, and are not equipped to act as enforcers of government policy.
- The lack of a city-wide or country-wide quarantine or travel ban means that a risk of exposure exists for all community members, particularly when in public or on public transport. This will continue to be the case given the increasing number of cases occurring in Bangkok.