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COVID-19 measures reimposed in Phang Nga

COVID-19 measures reimposed in Phang Nga

PHUKET: Phang Nga, north of Phuket, has become Thailand’s first province to reimpose strict health measures following news of the first local Covid-19 transmission case in more than three months and the outbreak in neighbouring Myanmar.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 5 September 2020, 11:57AM

Phang Nga Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada. Photo: PR Dept

Phang Nga Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada. Photo: PR Dept

Among the measures is a required 14-day home quarantine for those arriving in, or returning to, the southern province from areas considered Covid-19 outbreak zones, said Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada, reported the Bangkok Post.

The stay-at-home requirement is being waived if people can show proof of having quarantined at a state or local quarantine facility before arriving in the province.

Mr Chamroen, who has previously served as Governor of Phuket, said many people had taken health safety measures for granted and in doing so reduced public awareness about the still-present threat of COVID-19 infections.

Apart from the home quarantine, people in Phang Nga must wear a face mask at all times in public places, never engage in any activity that may heighten the risk of spreading the virus and strictly follow COVID-19 prevention regulations when attending mass gatherings.

Punishments would be meted out against anyone who violates the health measures, Gov Chamroen said.

Governor Chamroen also ordered officials in all districts in the province to be on alert for any illegal migrant workers being smuggled into their areas. The employers involved and leading officials in the areas where any illegal migrant workers, who in Phang Nga are mostly from Myanmar, are found would be held responsible, he said.

In Kanchanaburi, army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong inspected border security at the Three Pagodas Pass in Sangkhla Buri district on Friday (Sept 4) as part of the government’s policy to maintain security along the Thai-Myanmar border.

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The government has told 10 provinces to seal off the border with Myanmar to prevent illegal crossings. They are Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong and Chumphon.

COVID-19 outbreak scares have been reported in Tak, Kanchanaburi and Ranong, making it necessary to tighten borders to ease fears, Gen Apirat said.

In Tak, eight Myanmar nationals suspected of illegal entry were on Friday detained at a rental house in Ban Huay Muang, Mae Sot district. A woman identified only as Makin, 40, admitted that they had sneaked into Thailand through natural border channels to seek work in Thailand.

She said most businesses in towns on the Myanmar side of the border had been shut due to the new virus outbreak.

About 100 Myanmar nationals have been detained recently after trying to sneak into Thailand.


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ThorFinger | 05 September 2020 - 21:48:47

How soon before people start saying "enough is enough". I say again... if you lockdown again because of outbreaks (which are going to happen anyway, regardless of lockdowns), quite simply Thailand will go broke and the people will start dying in greater numbers than from this pandemic. 

LALALA | 05 September 2020 - 18:12:39

You know what is the best on this story...it was a routine check which showed that the guy in infected with Covid 19. There will be many more, if tests would be executed.
So easy, test more people and get the LOS so called world class healthcare system cope with the Virus. I mean if we believe LOS officials the Thai healthcare system is one of the best in the world so should be easy... or not ? 

Paddy | 05 September 2020 - 13:55:48

Run and hide , here comes the chinese plague (flu) again. Glad this clown was transferred out of here . Bye bye , Butthead. I bet that guy in BKK DOES NOT HAVE THE VIRUS A FALSE POSITIVE.

Kurt | 05 September 2020 - 13:28:32

...'The first province to reimpose'...   There we go again, guess Phuket will follow soon with a certain lock down.  Wonder or Thailand will start up international travelling/flying by October. Guess we going to read 'November' soon about that.

harald | 05 September 2020 - 12:26:17

thanks to the criminal who we have now in many countrys everlasting flu p(l)andemic allowing also criminal and democratic called goverment to install a dictatorship with special "health laws" specialy the goverment in europe under the leadership of merkel and brood.

LALALA | 05 September 2020 - 12:16:22

LOL... 1 case in Bangkok, hundreds of kilometers away, around 80 cases per day on average in Myanmar - in the northeast of Myanmar by the way, so more than thousand kilometer away and the country gets nuts again. I mean they have been nuts all the time but this is getting more and more ridiculous. Lets close Sarasin bridge again... come on guys.... LOL


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