Thailand includes Germany, Italy, France in high-risk zones list

The Public Health Ministry has issued an announcement defining nine countries and two territories as high-risk zones for coronavirus disease to accommodate control measures yet to be announced.
The nine countries are Japan, Germany, South Korea, China, Taiwan, France, Singapore, Italy and Iran. The two territories are Hong Kong and Macau.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul briefly showed the announcement signed by him on his Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon with a message that all visitors from these countries will be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days with no exceptions. However, the post was deleted minutes later without explanations.

Shipping wasn’t specified or even mentioned, as being embraced by this latest ”hot zones” list and looming “control measures”, authorities are apparently, more concerned with people arriving by commercial flights. But it may well be the case, with all ensuing, very negative, implications for cargo ships, shipping and logistics chains.



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