Thailand extends ban on international passenger flights to June 30
May 17 2020 10:58 AM
A woman uses a sanitising hand gel from a four-legged dog robot called ‘K9’ at the Central World dep
A woman uses a sanitising hand gel from a four-legged dog robot called ‘K9’ at the Central World department store in Bangkok

Dpa/Bangkok

Thailand's aviation body has extended a ban on all international flights to the country until June 30 as part of efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

It is the fourth time the ban has been extended after being imposed on April 4 by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. The previous ban was to expire on May 31.

The aviation body said in a Saturday statement that all flight permits granted from June 1 to June 30 are to be cancelled.

It said the ban does not apply to state or military aircraft, emergency landings, technical landings without passengers, humanitarian, medical or relief flights, repatriation flights and cargo flights.

Passengers on board such flights will be subject to measures such as a 14-day state quarantine, it said.

On Sunday, Thailand will shorten a nightly curfew and allow shopping malls to reopen as other measures against the virus are eased.

Thailand has reported a lower number of coronavirus cases since strict measures were imposed in late May, when a state of emergency was declared.

The country has seen less than 10 new cases a day this month, compared to the more than 100 cases it saw on most days in March.

The government's coronavirus task has reported a total of 3,025 cases, with 56 deaths, while 114 people are being treated in hospital.

It reported no new cases or deaths on Saturday.




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