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Health ministry asks to wear masks in crowded places

Health ministry asks to wear masks in crowded places

BANGKOK: The Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) is yet to make an announcement regarding mask wearing on the island after the Ministry of Public Health earlier today (Nov 25) advised people to use face masks in crowded places as the number of daily COVID-19 cases had risen by 10-20%.

By The Phuket News

Friday 25 November 2022, 06:55PM

The PPHO reported having a Webex meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the MoPH earlier today (Nov 25). The topics discussed included COVID-19 risk compensations, COVID-19 vaccine management and other issues.

The PPHO report of the meeting said nothing about any new COVID-19 rules or recommendations regarding mask-wearing.

Yet, it was today when the aforementioned Permanent Secretary Opas Karnkawinpong publicly called for mask-wearing due to worsening COVID-19 statistics. 

The increase in cases was likely to be a small wave, but fatalities could rise accordingly, he said.

Dr Opas also revealed that he had instructed hospitals to encourage people to get their vaccine booster shots. All because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, according to Bangkok Post.

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"There are about 10 daily fatalities related to COVID-19 at this time. The toll could rise slightly along with the increasing number of daily cases," he said.

Hospitals could cope with the situation because most cases were outpatients and their symptoms were mild, Dr Opas added.

"The situation should improve again after New Year," he said.

As for vaccination, Dr Opas said the following: "The ministry wants 70% of the total population to have booster shots but it is still difficult to reach that target. The number of people getting jabs is declining on the recently improved COVID-19 situation."

According to PPHO’s most recent data, about 68.6% of Phuket’s target population have received their third vaccine shots while 40.13% have received their fourth jabs.

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harald | 27 November 2022 - 18:06:06

actually, it should be clear to everyone by now that neither a mask nor countless vaccinations protect against the flu virus covid19. without ongoing tests and published figures, it would never have been possible to make a plandemic anyway

harald | 27 November 2022 - 17:51:44

in all my time here in phuket during this flu plandemic i have never worn a mask and have remained unvaccinated because i love my health and did not want to die or get mrna vaccine. The exception was just a short mask at immigration when I extended my visa

GerryT81 | 27 November 2022 - 15:59:17

@Kurt   Getting a bit Russophobe again ? Most tourists or expats don't wear a mask anymore. And many tourists from outside Russia are not vaccinated too ! 

Kurt | 27 November 2022 - 10:52:33

Dr Opas must know very well that the present 'improved' Covid-19 can change overnight. See how that already happens in China, a country with Covid zero policy. Demand High Season  tourist arrivals to be vaccinated. Otherwise Dr Opas has not only to worry about thai, but also about arriving biggest group Russian foreigners.

Kurt | 27 November 2022 - 10:46:30

Dr Opas is very keen on having the Thai population receiving more vaccinations. Why he is not saying one word about the bulk Russian tourist arrivals? As Russians not use face masks in Thailand, than at least they should be requested to have a updated Covid vaccination record. Many don't. Prevent spreading Covid in Thai tourist industry. Demand arriving tourists to be vaccinated.

christysweet | 26 November 2022 - 17:15:28

The Rusian Sputnik vax is just as dismal in efficacy  as the Sinovac no one getting those vax have much  coverage- especially with the variants being brought in on each plane. Masks need to be mandatory in  groceries and banks- pretty much  from here on out.  

christysweet | 26 November 2022 - 17:08:26

When the numbers are crunched and the conspiracy theorists fade away, it will be realized SARS-2 is an extremely dangerous pathogen with long them efects that are only now being recognized. Yes agree on  the tourists-selfish and ignorant. I wave  the air around me away when they come within 2 meters. Also fun to  remove your mask and start coughing  madly toward them. 

christysweet | 26 November 2022 - 16:59:08

Sinovac and AZ vax are NOT  M-RNA types. I want people without masks to stay 2 meters  from me and please do not  cough,  sneeze,  talk  or laugh  without covering your mouth. It's disgusting otherwise.. ditto your shrieking child.  

harald | 26 November 2022 - 16:13:07

funny to see, some thai and foreign "experts" still play the game plandemic from the dangerous who with a harmless flu virus. in all my time here in phuket during this plandemic i never wore a mask and stayed unvaccinated because i love my health and didn't want to die or get sick as a result of an mrna vaccination. The exception was only a short mask at immigration when I had my vis...

Pascale | 26 November 2022 - 14:58:07

Stopped wearing a mask for many month now. If someone want to keep wearing one for the next couple of years that's fine with me. But those who are so scared should give others their rights to choose of not wearing one as long as it isn't mandatory. In Europe most people don't wear them anymore.

Timothy | 26 November 2022 - 13:36:18

Kurt, you don't have to die from Covid for it to be harmful. Like John, I wear a mask when I go shopping etc. The rules for masks should be enforced. Despite being very careful, I am now at home with Covid, and it is not a pleasant experience. The Russians seem to think that they get a free pass from rules here. Even months ago they would rarely wear masks. 

Kurt | 26 November 2022 - 12:02:30

JohnC is right. I wear mask in stores too. Not outside on motorbike, than I wear helmet.  :-)  It's sad that foreign tourists not adjust/join in this safety/protective behavior.

JohnC | 26 November 2022 - 09:30:57

Good luck with that. Go to any 7-11, Macro store, Family mart, etc., and the only ones wearing them are the service staff, Thai customers, and me. I prefer to protect myself from arrogant selfish tourists and, sadly, most other expats who care more about their personal freedoms that the good of society as a whole. The looks I get from them is hilarious but the locals do appreciate that I care.

Kurt | 26 November 2022 - 08:57:32

About 10 daily Covid fatalities with sure a few of them with underlaying diseases. Project that on about 60 daily daily Thai road traffic fatalities, so stop driving.  :-)   Accept Covid-19 as being now part of life. See the full  footnall stadiums in Qatar, hardly a mask wearer.

Thaitourist | 25 November 2022 - 22:13:32

What percentage of all Russians coming to Phuket are now vaccinated. It is known that many of them are vaccine opponents. With several daily arrivals from Moscow, matters do not improve.


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