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Lockdown lifted in Phuket Town

PHUKET: The lockdown in the heart of Phuket Town has been lifted, but the municipality fresh market on Ranong Rd that sparked the lockdown will remain closed for at least a few more days, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong announced this morning (Aug 18).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 18 August 2021, 10:18AM

According to the order issued by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew last week, the lockdown, bound by the perimeter of Ranong Rd, Soi Phuthorn and Bangkok Rd, was due to expire at midnight last night (11:59pm, Aug 17).

“Yesterday, health officers went to conduct a second test of people living in the lockdown area. A total of 860 Thai people were tested, of whom five tested positive; 500 migrant workers were tested, of whom 13 tested positive,” V/Gov Pichet said.

“Officers and staff from the PPHO [Phuket Public Health Office] and the Phuket City Municipality Medical Department tested in total 1,360 people and found 18 positive cases, or about 1.25%, which is considered a low number,” he said.

“So, the Phuket Provincial Government has lifted the lockdown of the area, but the market will reopen a couple days later because vendors need to prepare. The market also needs to be cleaned,” he said.

“I want to thank every officer for together helping to test our people,” V/Gov Pichet said.

However, under other orders issued so far, the Downtown Market in front of Phuket City Municipality Fresh Market 1 will remain closed through Sunday (Aug 22) and the Phuket City Municipality Fresh Market 2 (near Robinson department store) will remain closed through Friday (Aug 20).

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Christy Sweet | 18 August 2021 - 13:58:16

That is BS about NZ.. Phuket authorities would have us believe one dose of CrapOVac has inoculated 76% of the population- that is a lie only people who do not the difference  between vaccinated and inoculated will buy.  

maverick | 18 August 2021 - 12:18:24

This is encouraging news - it suggests they have the clusters under control and the infection rate has slowed - as long as they continue the vaccination drive we can start learning to live with this - unlike the crazies at home in NZ and AU 

Taswegian | 18 August 2021 - 12:16:18

@Kurt, I would rather be in Phuket right now than here in Australia! We are in strict lockdown and a curfew in Melbourne. Six in hospital with Covid, one in ICU. A 15 year old boy died in Sydney with pneumococcal meningitis and had contracted Covid. Cause of death? Covid of course! Get me out of here!

DeKaaskopp | 18 August 2021 - 11:46:35

@Kurt   If,if ,if ! What makes you think that one infected 10 other people. And speaking about NZ.You want to see the same craziness here too ? Just stay home and wait that someone delivers your long awaited vaccine to your door.

phkt-2016 | 18 August 2021 - 11:27:31

New Zealands vaccination rate is much lower than Phuket. We will see if their policy of locking down, every time they have some cases will be maintained once they have a 70% vaccination rate. Latest results of Sinovac and Astra among Thai health workers show 98% protection against hospitalistion/ death.  

Kurt | 18 August 2021 - 11:02:47

Yesterday, on 860+ 500= 1360 tested only. Total 18 positive tested. If each of them infected another 10, than now 180 new cases in Phuket Town. Where are these positive people held now? And lock down lifted? In New Zealand now 1 new positive case and whole country goes in 3-7 days lock down.


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