Bangkok, 19 February, 2020 – On Thursday, 30 January, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The WHO did not recommend any travel or trade restrictions based on its latest travel advice dated 11 February, 2020.
The WHO has advised countries to be prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of the onward spread of the COVID-19 infection.
The WHO Thailand Situation Report on COVID-19 dated 17 February, 2020, highlighted the preparedness and response on what Thailand is doing as per the following (full report can be accessed here):
With regards to the COVID-19 situation in Thailand, as of yesterday (18 February, 2020), the Ministry of Public Health has confirmed a total of 35 confirmed cases, including 17 people who were treated and discharged from hospital. This reflects Thailand’s effective implementation on disease surveillance to prevent further spread or importation of the COVID-19 in the country.
Health Beware Card & Knowledge Infographic from the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
Health Beware Card in English, Chinese and Thai