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Deep south arrivals face 14-day mandatory quarantine

Deep south arrivals face 14-day mandatory quarantine

PHUKET: Arrivals from the four southern border provinces must face mandatory quarantine for 14 days after arriving Phuket regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or can prove they have tested negative for COVID-19 within seven days of travelling to Phuket.

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 23 June 2021, 10:00AM


Arrivals from the four deep south provinces will face 14-day mandatory quarantine, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong confirmed. Photo: PR Phuket

Arrivals from the four deep south provinces will face 14-day mandatory quarantine, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong confirmed. Photo: PR Phuket

Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong confirmed the mandatory quarantine for arrivals in Phuket from the four provinces ‒ Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla ‒ after the meeting of the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee on Monday (June 21).

“The quarantine is to protect against the disease [COVID-19] from spreading, as a vaccine may not be able to protect against the virus variant [present in the four southern provinces]. This is our latest medical measure to prevent [infections] spreading from students or visitors,” he said.

The move to enforce mandatory quarantine on arrivals from the four provinces follows a  student being allowed to return home to Phuket from Yala, where he attended a school that had shut down due to a COVID cluster outbreak.

Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla have been designated ‘Maximum Controlled Provinces’, the secondest-highest danger rating under the new classification system brought into effect by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday.

The classification comes as the Beta strain of COVID-19, first identified in South Africa, is now spreading quickly throughout the southernmost provinces.

Dr Apisamai Srirangsan, assistant spokeswoman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), explained on Monday that the cluster at the Muslim religious school of Margaz Tabligh preaching center in Yala’s Muang district, where the student had returned to Phuket from, has already spread to 402 patients across 12 southern provinces.

“Those who travel from the four deep south provinces where the virus variant is spreading must quarantine in a local quarantine [LQ] or alternative local quarantine [ALQ] venue for 14 days even though they have all three qualifications to enter the island,” V/Gov Pichet said. 

“The Phuket Government will release more specific information about provinces and districts as soon as possible,” he added. 

Of note, arrivals from Trang province, which borders Songkhla and is also classified a ‘Maximum Controlled Province’, are not subject to the new mandatory quarantine after arriving in Phuket.

FOREIGNERS ARRIVING BY ROAD FROM JULY 1

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Vice Governor Pichet also revealed that the conditions for foreigners to enter Phuket by road will be different than for Thais from July 1.

The key criteria remain the same for both, he said.

“1. They must be fully vaccinated with two injections, or the number of doses required for each vaccine or only one injection of AstraZeneca at least 14 days [before arriving].

“2. Those who used to be infected with COVID-1 must present a document to prove that they were discharged from hospital care within 90 days before arriving.

“3. Arrivals who are unable to prove 1 and 2 must have a RT-PCR or antigen test and present a document to officers [to prove they have tested negative for the virus] at the checkpoint,” he said.

However, V/Gov Pichet said that test results documents presented by Thais will be deemed valid for up to seven days from the date they were issued.

For foreigners, test results documents will be deemed valid for up to only three days.

He did not give any explanation as to why Phuket provincial authorities were considering the documents presented differently.

“All arrivals must Install the MorChana app and turn on the location sharing at all times while staying in Phuket, and follow the D-M-H-T-T-A measures,” he said.

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Kurt | 28 June 2021 - 12:19:58

It starts to be clear that not preventive Covid measures are a priority on Phuket, but the money making PCR tests,  filling up Quarantine hotels with exorbitant room rates and 3 tests in these hotels. It all is just a developing business plan. Almost daily flip-flopping refining.

Kurt | 28 June 2021 - 11:36:20

The 4 most southern provinces marked as "2nd highest danger rating provinces" should be locked down. What is the thinking of letting people from there to travel to Phuket and next put in quarantine? What for taking any risks? Now we wait and welcome Covid-Beta virus soon on Phuket?

skip | 24 June 2021 - 03:08:08

www.worldometer.com which reports for the CDC deaths for covid for thailand at 1744 in 16 months. the deaths for tuberculosis at 8400 in 2019. who cares about covid as its only a casedemic which has a survival rate of 99.997%. tap on the word thailand for the graphs. we are being duped for control and profit.

skip | 24 June 2021 - 02:57:48

and just as i predicted before the vaccinations, quarantine and testing will be required regardless of 100% vexxination. vexxination is useless and medically counter productive. and the winners here are the banksters and the pharmaceutical industry. covid restrictions are here FOREVER unless the people stand up and fight for their rights. 

 

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