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Authorities call for Phuket confidence

Authorities call for Phuket confidence

PHUKET: Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul led a meeting in Phuket yesterday (Sept 5) calling for local residents and business owners to be confident as the province aims to navigate and overcome the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 6 September 2020, 11:50AM

MPs from the Bhumjaithai Party and other relevant officials joined the meeting with Phuket based private sector bodies and businesses at 9am at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Laguna where the message was for Phuket residents to “be ready” to support measures proposed to manage the situation.

Mr Anutin explained the government is fully aware of and concerned as to the impact of COVID-19 nationwide and particularly how badly the tourism sector has been impacted in Phuket which in turn has caused great distress to many.

He assured those in attendance who operate in the local tourism sector that the government’s intention is to relax as many measures as is feasibly and safely possible to allow the industry to recover and flourish again as soon as possible.

This would include promoting and building careers, encouraging travel to the province, suspending and/or preventing any seizures of properties and, on a broader scale, promoting Phuket as the medical centre of the Andaman coast and infrastructure developments to push a mass transit system connecting light rail, roads and tunnels to major tourist attractions.

However, a common concern shared by those attending the meeting was a fear that officials cannot effectively manage the situation should a second wave emerge. The news of a fresh infection in Bangkok last week, the first in 100 days, has unnerved some and led to the assumption that Phuket reopening to tourists next month, serving as a national model, is likely to now be pushed back.

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Mr Anutin explained that the situation now is very different to when the virus first hit back in March and that access to medical supplies is much more plentiful now than back then.

He also added that, while there is currently no cure or vaccine available, the widespread understanding of the disease and how to treat infected patients is much more comprehensive now which will aid any efforts required to contain it.

“I am confident in the Thai public health system being able to control and prevent any spread of COVID-19,” he said.

“I can confirm that the government is doing everything it can to provide help and to make the situation as safe as possible so pilot schemes like the one proposed in Phuket can begin and help the tourism get back to where it was.

“We must all have hope that we can find a way, unite and move together,” he added.

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Kurt | 09 September 2020 - 11:11:20

When they stop limping on the 1 leg 'tourism' on Phuket?  It proves such is a disaster in problem times. Set up a souvenir making industry, a solar panel industry, any clean environment friendly industry!. Don't let come back the 50,000 non Phuketians to work here. Keep presently all Phuket jobs for local people.
Tackle the transport mafia that gives Phuket such a bad image.

DeKaaskopp | 07 September 2020 - 16:39:47

"A bit over the hill..."  What ? Lol !

Kurt | 07 September 2020 - 10:28:03

@JohnC. It was a type error.
What supposed to be  'does he" became "doe she". But you could have figured that out yourself. Right?  A bit over the hill to react as you did.

JohnC | 07 September 2020 - 08:57:58

@kurt. Can't you tell the difference between males and females?  Learn the English language yourself before always criticising others. At least then the dribble you speak might make some sense.

ThorFinger | 06 September 2020 - 21:11:28

I second the 'blah, blah, blah' comment.

gm@ccshideaway.com | 06 September 2020 - 19:19:16

Will you be testing the Thai staff who will be working to serve these guest? 

ericphuket | 06 September 2020 - 16:48:12

A few days ago he predicted the same conditions as the UAE ,test before dept and on arrival, max 24h quarantine  , he forgot already.
Again a lot of speaking and no balls to open the sky 

Fascinated | 06 September 2020 - 14:18:54

Ahhh- the man who really inspires confidence whenever he opens his mouth.

LALALA | 06 September 2020 - 13:55:26

“I am confident in the Thai public health system being able to control and prevent any spread of COVID-19,” he said. Really ? So why not open the sky than ? Moron, he should refrain from smoking too much pot maybe.

Kurt | 06 September 2020 - 12:57:09

A lot of peptalk, but not bring help for suffering Phuketians during his unneeded travel to Phuket.  And: "help tourism to get back to where it was"??  Doe she mean--> Back to OLD NORMAL?  That is exactly what Phuket doesn't need. 

Shwe | 06 September 2020 - 12:02:38

blah, blah, blah, ready to welcome back the dirty farang are you? idiot


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