Nick, do you read what others post or follow Thai media? You keep on about Thai checks at airports, yet the heat checks you heap so much praise on offer no real defence at all. They are inaccurate and catch a moment in time. Again, from statistical data being compiled, it has now been shown that it takes an average of 5 days for the symptoms to first appear in an infected person.
The Thais are up in arms about the government incompetence over the virus. Half of the illegal workers that were flown back from Korea were meant to be transported straight to quarantine, about half disappeared after getting off the plane - was it one plane or more? If the former, how does that happen in what is an easily controlled environment, with them all being on the same flight? Take it to one side of the airport, have special customs and immigration facilities set up and then stick them all on buses and transport them to wherever. It's so basic, it's scary they can't even get that right.
A convicted drug dealer, a general in the Junta's Government, has an aide who has been selling millions of masks to China via facebook. The very same masks hospitals are running out of in Thailand. This is typical of the Thai Governments unpreparedness.
Just look at todays Bangkok post, especially the opinions, and see what is really happening here. Not to mention those still unexplained 1000's being held somewhere for testing, but all being cleared of having the virus.
The biggest threat to Thailand is the same as elsewhere - unknown carriers passing it on. A statistical expert based at Southampton Uni helping to project the planned movement of the virus, has stated that Thailand would have been visited by over 200 Chinese carrying the virus between the time it was known about and China stopped group - not individual travel. This ties in with the experts at the health ministry, not the mask clown in charge, stating they believe they had about 600 carriers in the Country, but had no idea where.
The latest rule, needing a health certificate to enter Thailand before even getting on a flight from at risk Countries, will not work. Which Doctor will issue one and what does it actually mean? All a doctor can say is, 'not showing any symptoms'. Yet Vietnam has traced an elderly British couple, now in quarantine, who were infected on their flight from a returning Vietnamese lady, and they in turn, infected others on their travels. All traced by the Vietnamese.
Basically the Govt here have been on the back foot from day one, apart from some public shows of reassurance, that ultimately are meaningless.
As I have said before, what Thailand can be thankful of is a good level of professionalism within their medical services.