38 countries are reportedly shortlisted to reopen without quarantine
People were delighted to hear that Thailand was on the 1st before the start date. On the other hand, this has been the way throughout the pandemic as the Thai government wrestled with the many changes and deadlines.
Government officials had suggested 5 countries on the shortlist and a handful of provinces that would be among the reopenings, but now a list of 38 possible countries with a low risk of Covid-19 is reported in Thai media, although some are watching the list is more based on the Thai economy than science and data.
The 5 previously mentioned countries were the US, UK, Germany, China and Singapore, countries that have brought a lot of tourism in the past. In particular, the US neighbors Canada and Germany border Austria, for example, both with lower Covid-19 rates and higher vaccination rates than their neighbors, but did not make it onto the “safe” list.
The list of 38 countries has its own fuzzy math and geography, as the list has been broken down into the categories “EU countries” and “Nordic countries” without recognizing the significant overlap between these two categories.
The new rumor list includes 24 unnamed countries in the European Union plus 5 Nordic countries … Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Of the 5 Nordic countries, 3 – Denmark, Finland and Sweden – are also EU members, while Iceland and Norway are members of the corresponding European Economic Area.
It is unclear whether the 3 countries are among the 24 EU countries, but if not, this rumored list would include every EU country as there are a total of 27 nations in the European Union.
The other 9 named countries considered for joining on November 1st are India, Israel, Japan, Qatar, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US. (Oddly enough, both China and Singapore, mentioned earlier, did not appear on this list.)
Thai news media suggested the list was created after a CCSA meeting, but did not confirm a source.
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