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Patong venue operators cautioned as Bangla cases rise

Patong venue operators cautioned as Bangla cases rise

PHUKET: Food and drink vendors in Phuket are only allowed to sell alcohol and allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises from 11am-2pm and 5pm-11pm, Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong has confirmed.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 28 November 2021, 11:26AM

The reminder came at a meeting of the Phuket Provincial Communicable Disease Committee yesterday (Nov 27) in recognition of the rising number of COVID infections on the island over the past week..

“The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office reports that the rate of new infections in Phuket is increasing, and is linked to Bangla Rd, Patong, and massage workers and freelance bar staff,” Vice Governor Pichet said.

“Active case finding results on Soi Bangla on 26 November 2021 [Friday] found that of 792 people tested, 21 returned positive results,” he added.

Vice Governor Pichet repeated that the number of musicians performing at the same time at a venue is limited to five. “It is forbidden for them to touch each other, between singers, musicians and customers. It is forbidden to sing with customers, or even for performers or even staff to sit with customers

“Dancing is prohibited, including by performers in a dance show,” he said.

The public health guidelines for the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) must be adhered to, COVID Free Setting measures for food or beverage outlets with music performances, V/Gov Pichet maintained.

Of note, the warning yesterday followed mass testing of staff from venues along Bangla Rd, and came after officers from the PPHO patrolled Bangla Rd the night before (Nov 26) to ensure venues were complying with COVID measures.

“In addition, there has been an increase in the number of infections at schools in all three districts, and the rate of use of all types of hospital [or recovery] beds has increased,” V/Gov Pichet also noted yesterday.

“Most of them [the patients] are Group 608* patients and have not been vaccinated. There is a risk from the easing measures and the increasing group activities in traveling to Phuket,” he said.

V/Gov Pichet repeated that the government’s policy on reopening the country to tourism relied on four premises: vaccinations, “Universal Prevention” measures, COVID Free Setting and testing by ATK (antigen test kits).

“The strategy relies on officials focusing on surveillance, especially on events, schools, hotels, markets, camps, tourist attractions and infections in communities,” he said.

“A local outbreak action plan has been set out and we have set social measures for establishments and agencies to seriously implement measures for enforcing COVID-19 Free Setting and COVID-19 Free Area requirements are complied with,” he added.

“This includes communication and promotion of ‘Smart Control’, ‘Living with COVID-19’ and ‘Universal Prevention’ measures, including law enforcement,” V/Gov Pichet noted.

The Phuket Provincial Government is continuing its campaign for people in the area to be covered by 100% vaccination. 

V/Gov Pichet explained that the PPHO has asked business operators to bring any Thai and foreign workers who have not been vaccinated to be vaccinated at the five government hospitals on the island: Vachira Phuket Hospital. Chalong Hospital, Patong Hospital, Phuket Provincial Hospital and Thalang Hospital.

The workers may be brought to the hospital every Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm, except for lunch break. However, if the worker is to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, registration is required, he said.

“In addition, the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office is open to provide the first Sinovac injection every Monday - Friday from 9am to midday throughout November,” he added.

“This service is open for everyone, including Thai people, foreigners, migrant workers and people from other provinces,” V/Gov Pichet said.

As for the campaign to vaccinate children in Phuket 12-17 years old, 30,690 of the target total 33,393 children have registered to be vaccinated, representing 91.9%, V/Gov Pichet continued.

“Of those who have registered, 29,981 people have received the first dose of vaccine, representing 97.7%,” he said.

A further 28,235 had already received their second vaccination injection, representing 92%, he added.

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skip | 30 November 2021 - 06:04:04

ALL of the covid restrictions and vexxines have failed dismally and we are 2 years into it. if you continue to do the same thing you will continue to get the same result. the medical industry have the right to question the government and have input to propose a plan that might work based on natural immunity. what they are forcing us to do will last indefinitely. 

Kamala Pete | 29 November 2021 - 12:35:02

Let's all be optimistic. Omicron has been reported as highly contagious but mild. Perhaps this is mother nature's way of conferring herd immunity worldwide?

JohnC | 29 November 2021 - 10:14:31

@papa paul. There is a first time for everything I guess.

JohnC | 29 November 2021 - 10:13:02

@skip. Their plan?? Are you another one of those conspiracy theory anti vaccine nutters that would see the world's whole population infected just because you think you know better than qualified experts? You appear to be the one with the fatal disease, we generally refer to it as stupidity.

Kurt | 29 November 2021 - 08:52:25

Why V/G mentioned 'freelance staff' as on of the factors spreading Covid-19? Why use of the word 'freelance'? Keep it simple, Bangla Rd and all workers there are factor of risk in spreading Covid-19. Of course, a 'entertainment lady' is more dangerous than a bartender.

Papa paul | 29 November 2021 - 08:42:01

Kurt. You make a good point.

Kurt | 28 November 2021 - 17:27:55

....'To be consumed between 11-14 and 17-23 hrs'....
That are the hours Covid-19 virus + her mutations are sleeping. Right?  :-)

lelecuneo | 28 November 2021 - 16:58:22

allowed or not allowed in patong and all around the island there is no bar/restaurant that really give a shi..t... so let just welcome the 4th wave and send everyone home again.

christysweet | 28 November 2021 - 16:57:40

Precautions DO  work. Without them, the hospitals would have shuttered over a year ago from inundation and medical staff die offs. 

skip | 28 November 2021 - 15:51:15

how long is it going to take for the general public to realise there is no end to covid ? that is their plan. it only ends when the people say it ends. the vax, masks, social distancing, quarantine and travel restrictions dont work. 2 years proves it emphatically. why do we need to be tested to tell us we have a fatal disease ? say no to testing and the lockdowns end.  

Foot | 28 November 2021 - 15:30:21

Fools. Use of Sinovac was to end. It's back now because it makes it appear the government is doing something. With a 51% effective rate, still 49% unprotected. With influx of Russians, along with the new Omicron, Thailand will become a new killing field.


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