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Thailand brings citizens back from China’s virus-hit Wuhan

A plane carrying Thais from coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China arrived at U-tapao airport in Rayong on Tuesday, Bangkok Post reported. 

Thai AirAsia flight FD571 with 138 Thais on board landed at the navy airport in Ban Chang district in Rayong at 8.40pm.

Although health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said none of the 138 passengers showed any sign of illness, Chinese authorities prevented two Thais from boarding the plane at Wuhan because they had high fever. Another Thai also could not leave because the person was discovered to have overstayed a visa, said in another report on Khaosod English.

Anutin said the Thai evacuation team had to respect decisions by the Chinese authorities.

The evacuees are now being quarantined inside a navy-operated hotel close to a naval base in Sattahip district of Chonburi province. They were to stay inside the facility for 14 days to monitor for any possible infection, the health minister said.

Sources: Bangkok Post, Khaosod English