Health Officials nationwide were ordered to be alert on the Coronavirus particularly in tourist destination provinces.

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Phuket, and Khon Kaen were specially ordered to be on high alert. He added that local hospitals are already prepared to receive suspected cases. The Middle East respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has not been detected in Thailand but the Public Health Ministry is ready to deal with the disease. All provinces are to monitor patients with serious respiratory symptoms, particularly those having pneumonia. Disease control is to be done for both MERS-CoV and Influenza A virus subtype H7N9. Related laboratory systems are to be set up in the Medical Sciences Department's 14 centers nationwide for fast and accurate diagnosis of the disease.

The Public Health Minister issued health advisories in Thai, English, and Arabic languages for those entering the country, providing preliminary information about the symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) on June 17 reported that 64 patients had been confirmed infected with MERS-CoV with the death toll so far at 38 in nine countries, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy.

The number of patients is anticipated to rise worldwide, while all countries are to closely monitor the situation. The source of the disease still remains unclear.