Is it safe to travel to Thailand? Latest advice after coronavirus outbreak kills 26


AN outbreak of coronavirus that has killed 26 people has led to travel warnings across the globe.

Despite the virus originating in China, there are now confirmed cases in Thailand.

 Is it safe to travel to Thailand following the outbreak of coronavirus?

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Is it safe to travel to Thailand following the outbreak of coronavirus?Credit: EPA

While there are no travel bans to Thailand in place, there have been four reported cases in the country.

The UK government has warned: “There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.

“The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China and the region, including Thailand.

“You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities.”

 Thailand has reported four cases of coronavirus

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Thailand has reported four cases of coronavirusCredit: Getty – Contributor
 The virus has killed 26 people so far

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The virus has killed 26 people so farCredit: EPA
 However, there are no travel bans on the country

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However, there are no travel bans on the countryCredit: Alamy

The US government has not updated their travel advice with no current warnings regarding coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Travel continues to remain uninterrupted in Thailand with flights and public transport running.

However, airports in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket will be scanning passengers who arrive from China.

The virus, for which there is currently no vaccine, started in Wuhan in China which is now on lockdown.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms are similar to a common cold.

They include:

  • a runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • fever
  • shortness of breath
  • chills
  • body aches

In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus, such as rhinovirus.

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But if a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract (your windpipe and your lungs), it can cause pneumonia, especially in older people, people with heart disease or people with weakened immune systems.

It has since spread across the world with reported cases in the UK and US.

Australia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have also reported cases.

A number of tourist attractions in China have closed to prevent the virus spreading through large crowds.

Shanghai Disneyland, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China are all closing until further notice.

World Health Organisation say it’s a ‘bit too early’ to declare coronavirus a global emergency

China are rushing to build a 1,000-bed hospital in just 10 days for people with coronavirus.

It is thought up to 33 million people are on lockdown as 10 cities in China close all public transport in and out.

Videos being sharing on Chinese social media show people collapsing on the streets of Wuhan which as been called coronavirus ground zero.

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