A passenger who recently traveled to China and was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was escorted off a Southwest Airlines plane heading from the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport amid the coronavirus scare that has left thousands sickened and dozens dead in China. Medical officers removed the passenger off a Southwest flight from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Maryland “out of an abundance of caution,” the Maryland Department of Health said, according to NBC4. Video footage posted by the news outlet showed passengers on the plane wearing masks over their mouths as a health official told them: “Because of this heightened time, we are just using an abundance of caution.” The sick passenger “was referred to a medical facility for evaluation to determine whether additional follow-up is necessary,” the agency said, adding that…
BANGKOK—The health minister in Thailand, the country with the most confirmed cases outside China of the new coronavirus, called an emergency meeting on Jan. 26 with the transport and tourism ministries amid rising public discontent over the government’s handling of the illness.
“We can control the situation and are confident in our ability to handle the crisis,” Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters. The number of cases of the disease in Thailand rose on Sunday to eight.
Anutin added that three of the people infected were being treated and five had recovered and gone home.
“Detecting infected patients is a good sign because it shows that our system is efficient,” Anutin said.
China is Thailand’s biggest source of tourists and had nearly 11 million visitors from there last year.
In China, there have been nearly 2,000 cases of the illness and 81 people have died. A scattering of cases have been reported in other countries, including Thailand.
Graffiti artist, @headachestencil commented on Twitter, “Can close roads and islands, but can’t close the country from China for the safety and confidence of the public. Can you not value Yuan more than our lives #crapgovernment.”
All but one of the eight cases in Thailand were tourists from Wuhan, the central Chinese city that is at the epicenter of the outbreak. One Thai national, who had visited Wuhan over the New Year, contracted the disease.
There have been no cases of human-to-human transmission in Thailand.
Based on numbers during the SARS outbreak in 2003, three months of reduced travel from China would result in 50 billion baht ($1.52 billion) of lost tourism revenue, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, said.
Major shopping malls in Thai tourist spots have introduced hygiene measures.
Mass transit operators including the Bangkok skytrain and subways are increasing the frequencies of wipedowns and spraying disinfectant in trains, the Transport Ministry said.
By Chayut Setboonsarng
Commentary In November last year, China made the official decision to rewrite both the Bible and the Quran in order to “reflect socialist values.” Naturally, this is a political tool that is needed as part of the crackdown on the Muslim Uyghur minority that has been such a thorn in the side of the Chinese socialist regime. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) declared that the revision will make sure that the content of the Bible and Quran do not contradict socialism. One of the founding fathers of modern-day socialism, Karl Marx, wrote that “Religion is the opium of the people.” While this is often discussed, it’s not the full quote from the original German text. The full quote is commonly translated as: “Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature,…