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CCSA outlines ‘contingency plan’ criteria for shutting down Phuket Sandbox

CCSA outlines ‘contingency plan’ criteria for shutting down Phuket Sandbox

PHUKET: The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has outlined its key criteria for its Phuket Sandbox ‘contingency plan’, in case COVID infections start spiralling upward following the reopening of the province to foreign visitors next Thursday (July 1).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 23 June 2021, 10:50AM

Mr Natapanu outlined the contingency plan criteria yesterday (June 22). Screenshot: CCSA

Mr Natapanu outlined the contingency plan criteria yesterday (June 22). Screenshot: CCSA

Natapanu Nopakun, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information and Deputy Spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, explained the criteria in English yesterday (June 22) as part of the CCSA’s national COVID-sitaution briefing.

Mr Natapanu noted that Phuket ranked 28th in the country for infections, adding, “So they are doing good progress there.”

He also explained that criteria for the cancellation of the Phuket Sandbox scheme “if anything adverse happens”.

“For example, if there are 90 persons infected per week in Phuket, that would be a criteria for reconsideration of the scheme once it has started, or for any adjustments,” Mr Natapanu said.

“Also if all three districts in Phuket are affected, and in that more than six villages are affected, that would be another criteria,” he added.

“If there are COVID cases and there are no linkages found and no contact tracing is possible, that would be another criteria,” Mr Natapanu continued.

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“Also, if the hospital bed capacity exceeds 80%, that would be another criteria,” he added.

“If the situation becomes worse in Phuket after the opening of the province on the 1st of July with these particular criteria, then it [the box scheme] would be reconsidered,” Mr Natapanu noted.

“Some of the reconsideration of the Phuket Sandbox scheme would be possibly to decrease the level of business activity or to conduct ‘Sealed Route’ travel, and also to have more hotel quarantine,” he said.

“Also as a worst-case scenario, they would have to halt the [Sandbox] scheme in Phuket,” Mr Natapanu added.

“Of course, this is in preparation of a worst-case scenario if the province opens and something adverse happens, there are more cases and we are not able to control the infections in the province, then this would be the consideration,” he said plainly.

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maverick | 23 June 2021 - 13:53:55

Good to see that they are thinking through the various scenarios, numbers will be small anyway and a bigger risk, as we have seen is infected Thais from other provinces particularly the South -  baby steps , have to start somewhere just wish they would be honest about numbers to avoid building up hopes of Thai business’s 

Kurt | 23 June 2021 - 13:50:36

The real 'stopper' is that Phuket Governor elaborated to press that one must fly Thai Airways from Europe. That will surprise Middle East airlines. Governor's saying is contrary international ( IATA) rules. Just sandbox playing.

Kurt | 23 June 2021 - 13:31:06

In BKK Post: Phuket Governor this morning elaborated what now are the rules for arrivals from overseas. It is quite discouraging. Step by step Phuket simply retreats from 'Opening Phuket' by 1 July.

Kurt | 23 June 2021 - 13:09:18

This article shows the starting cracks in 'Opening Phuket' optimism. Foreigners are warned that from one day to another the whole Opening Phuket setting can be terminated with a click of Officialdom fingers. Small July arriving figures will show that the whole Opening thing wasn't worth to risks of Phuket population health with the singing around of Alpha-, Beta-, and Delta Covid varia...


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