Anger as US Delegation Set to Skip Quarantine Tomorrow

Srisuwan Janya

Activist, Srisuwan Janya, is calling on the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate the Centre for COVID 19 Situation Administration (CCSA) over its preferential treatment of a high-profile US delegation which will arrive in Thailand tomorrow.

Mr Janya, Secretary-General of the Association for the Protection of the Constitution, said the CCSA is not requiring the US delegation to be quarantined for 14 days in line with anti-COVID 19 measures which apply to other foreigners and Thais overseas seeking to enter the country.

The CCSA says the US delegation will visit Thailand under a special arrangement and must observe six measures imposed by the CCSA, but Mr Srisuwan said it was still not known whether its members may be asymptomatic carriers of the virus, pointing out that the US has now the world’s largest number of infections.

He also alleged that the six measures had been designed specifically to benefit the US delegation. They include that the group must be small, up to 10 members; their stay must be short, and members must have certificates showing negative coronavirus tests from both the source and destination countries.

Mr Janya said, “for this reason, the association will petition the NACC to look into whether the CCSA has exercised its power without any standards and committed malfeasance”.

According to the CCSA, the US delegation will not be quarantined at state facilities but will be required to wear face masks during their talks with the prime minister.

CCSA spokesperson, Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin said yesterday the delegation would be led by US army chief of staff Gen James McConville, who will be accompanied by liaison officers, plus health and security officials.

Dr Visanuyothin said the group will be limited to 10 people, all of whom will have to test negative for COVID 19 before boarding their flight and on arrival in Thailand.