Updates from Kunming government mouthpieces:
1. People are now not required to put on masks in open, outdoor spaces.
2. Regarding designated hotels for quarantine in Kunming. Foreigners have to pay for the costs out of own pocket. Even overseas Chinese who've recently returned have to bear the burden of 14-day accommodation fees.
A report from Barrons reveals that "14 days in a government-designated hotel in Beijing, which now requires guests to pay for themselves... runs about 600 yuan ($86) per day."
Have previous tab inquiries about Kunming's designated quarantine hotels for foreigners been answered?
The Thai Kingdom throughout the outbreak was one of the few neighboring nations that generously opened their doors to Chinese tourists/investors, with a wai bow sawaddee greeting.
Quite a bit of solidarity in times of panic.
Chinese whose Thai tourist visa expired, yet owned condos in Thailand, were permitted to stay as long as the epidemic persisted. At the time, returning back to highly-infected Chinese provinces were deemed risky. So it was a welcomed gesture of goodwill from his majesty and his Thai government.
But it goes without saying, Thailand learned to be on good terms with the massive tourist industry (2 trillion bahts) from Mainland. Particularly after the bitter Chinese boycotting of Thailand in 2018. That was when the tragic capsizing of Chinese tourist boats near Phuket took the lives of 46 Chinese passengers. Wechat and Weibo blew up at the poor handling from Thai ministries. Lessons learned. Now water under the bridge.
However, with 47 cases in Thailand and counting. The welfare of their people now supersedes bottom line tourism revenue (12 - 14% GDP), warranting stricter security discretion... and completely understandable.
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