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High risk contact tourists still face quarantine in Phuket

High risk contact tourists still face quarantine in Phuket

PHUKET: Tourists staying at hotels who are deemed to be high risk contacts will continue to be quarantined for 10 days, according to an order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew last night (Mar 23).

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 24 March 2022, 12:50PM


Phuket health officials explain the COVID regulations to a resort owner. Photo: PPHO / file

Phuket health officials explain the COVID regulations to a resort owner. Photo: PPHO / file

High-risk contacts must be quarantined in their hotel room, but separated from any person deemed to have been infected with COVID-19, according to the order, one of four issued by Governor Narong last night.

They must be tested for COVID-19 by ATK method (antigen test kit) on the 5th and 10th day of the quarantine period.

If the tourist tests negative by ATK on Day 5 of their quarantine period and shows no signs of infection, the tourist may be allowed to venture out of their hotel room to enjoy the common areas of the hotel.

However, the high risk contact must remain separated from the “infected person” until the infected person has completed the quarantine period.

“In the event that high-risk contacts do not want to quarantine in the room during the first 5 days, they can be tested for COVID-19 by RT-PCR or ATK method before leaving the room on a daily basis.

“If the test result is negative and the tourist shows no signs of infection, the tourist is able to leave the room to use the common areas within the hotel or accommodation.

“They must wear a mask at all times, keep their distance from other people and not share meals with others. They must also wash their hands with alcohol gel before touching items and appliances that must be shared with other people,” the order said.

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The order allowed high risk contacts to stay in the same hotel room as the person deemed to have been infected, under certain conditions.

“In case the high-risk contact does not want to move to a separate room from the infected person, they must stay within the room and must not leave the room throughout the period of 10 days,” the order said.

“Sharing accommodation with an infected person shall be regarded as the day of exposure to the disease,” the order noted.

“Roommates can be tested for COVID-19 by ATK method on a daily basis or be tested on days 5 and 10. If the test results are positive, they will have to remain quarantined for 10 days from the day of testing positive,“ the order continued.

The order mandated that the hotel or accommodation provider must arrange for a SHA Plus Manager to supervise the COVID-19 testing of high-risk contacts.

The order comes as Phuket health officials themselves are admitting that 95% of the recent COVID-19 infections on the island are asymptomatic or exhibit only mild signs of infection.

Such people, if they are island residents, are only required to self-isolate at home.

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Kurt | 28 March 2022 - 07:50:37

@Kamala Pete, don't give them ideas.  :-)   Enough money? First they will deduct the 30% 'commission'.  Than they stop PCR testing, only do once in a while these AKT's but keep collecting the money, leaving you with the question where the money went.

Kamala Pete | 27 March 2022 - 15:28:33

We could simplify the whole business by just charging a $20 "Covid Fee" to every arriving tourist, paid from the airport authority directly to the health ministry. More than enough to cover any tourist hospitalisations due to Covid.  Or is that too simple?

Ash Ward | 27 March 2022 - 14:41:34

Yes Kurt, i understand. Coruption is the game RTP play. Sure it doesn't help Thalands image.

Kurt | 27 March 2022 - 11:47:29

@ Ash ward, we see, Governor orders have no meaning when he can't enforce them. RTP is a strong sub culture.They frame orders in their own preferent rubber 'earning' doings. The army, Gen Prayut, broke his teeth on 2015 promise to reform the RTP. Point is that Thailands image is internationally spiraling down. No Thai respect paying shows at temples and statues can prevent that. 

Kurt | 27 March 2022 - 10:56:59

Thai Government not announced/confirmed international inbound Covid travel regulations for foreign tourists will be lifted by end June. Why not? Are they afraid that the many Thai Covid cases going to spike/multiply during Songkran, will infect foreign tourists? The 'Songkran spiking' starts 7 days after Songkran. Want foreign walking wallets arriving in July? Than invite them 'rule fr...

Ash Ward | 27 March 2022 - 10:43:01

Information from staff on Bangla Road tell me Bars stay open until 2am. When the police come they close at midnight. Still passed the 11pm closing time as per Govenors order.

Kurt | 27 March 2022 - 09:27:27

What is the defenition of a "High Risk Contact"? Seen the high number of Thai that are Covid positive on Phuket I guess when visiting a fresh market, weekend market or large indoor shopping centre I come out as a "High Risk Comtact", not known by anyone. Many temperature devices are removed.

Kurt | 26 March 2022 - 11:28:56

Why is Phuket Governor not directing his energy on Phuket Transport Cartels, those working so outlawed?  Why no attention about RTP who refuse to enforce bar/fake restaurant closing times? Don't dictate orders if you can't enforce them and let corruption rule.. You make yourself laugh stock and weaken own authority. Only the RTP love such ordering, a fine brown envelop working field.

Kurt | 26 March 2022 - 11:08:09

If potential tourists were in doubt going Phuket, yes/no, than Governor orders of last few days ( including order handling corpses) pull them back of going to Phuket. Poor entrepreneurs and staff working in tourist industry. Feel sorry for them with such Governor. Must be vapour of fresh paint new Prov Hall what influence Gov's thinking.

Kurt | 25 March 2022 - 00:21:42

Very good money making Covid business plan.  Substitute for the not coming tourists, First step: Skip the pre flight test demand, than more chance to welcome infected foreigners.  Second step: Relaunch of the money making 10 day quarantine. ( Not needed for residents, they have a 'different' covid infection)

Ash Ward | 24 March 2022 - 16:28:25

Todays report from the CCSA notes only .065 of all arrivals inTailand are infected. Meanwhile Covid is increasing throughout Thailand.

Ash Ward | 24 March 2022 - 14:12:02

High risk tourist contacts have to quarantine for up to 10 days. What a joke when new infected arrivals are less than 25 on most days. Meanwhile the entertainment/ bar areas can drink and party with no masks until 1-2 am. Phuket govenor has no common sense.  He sure knows how to stop tourists coming to Phuket.

Nasa12 | 24 March 2022 - 13:52:06

Can well expect a new order within 1 day or 2, which is completely normal here.

 

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