AirAsia boss accuses governments of overreacting to Omicron threat

The CEO of the AirAsia Group says governments shouldn’t panic over the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. The Bangkok Post stories that Tony Fernandes says officers ought to as an alternative focus on decreasing the worth of PCR testing.
“It’s an enormous overreaction. We don’t know anything about this variant but. Let’s wait and see before we jump the gun.”
Fernandes says the world is now in a much better place to manage the virus and deal with variants like Omicron, given the new treatments which are being made available.
“There are Merck drugs and Pfizer pills are coming out. We are vaccinated. There are boosters out there. I’m feeling far more bullish, and I am not doom and gloom. Governments want to use widespread sense and see what is required. I suppose travel restrictions are short-term and the world is global. No matter how much we close the borders, the viruses will travel.”
However, the AirAsia boss has slammed the excessive worth of PCR testing, which is an entry requirement for a lot of countries, including Thailand. Fernandes says the high value of the tests risks deterring would-be travellers, no matter how a lot they lengthy for an abroad holiday.
“No government has looked at the price of the PCR check. PCR exams in Southeast Asia are extremely costly. Ironclad for passengers to pay that sort of price. Of course, we wish to be protected, but make it so simple as attainable.”
However, he did reward Thailand for its makes an attempt to ease up on measures corresponding to obligatory quarantine, in a bid to draw extra international vacationers.
“Thailand is forward of the remainder of ASEAN, which is still fairly draconian. In Malaysia, we have a 7-day quarantine. It’s a start. At least we are opening up borders, but there’s a long way to go before we get to the place we was.”
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