Thailand quarantine update

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Thailand quarantine update

Starting April 1, 2021, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha on Friday approved curtailing the quarantine to 10 days from two weeks. A shorter quarantine is expected to make Thailand more attractive to millions of foreign tourists and is seen as a key step toward a wider reopening.

The government is prepared to lower the quarantine to seven days for vaccinated travelers once the nation is ready though a 14-day isolation will continue for those coming from areas with new virus strains, said Taweesilp Witsanuyotin, a spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The Covid panel also approved the extension of a national state of emergency for two months through the end of May to deal with the pandemic.

Thailand has administered more than 60,000 doses of vaccines since the start of its rollout on Feb. 28. It has prioritized healthcare and front-line workers, as well as residents in tourist hotspots.