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Phuket Governor calls for COVID cooperation from foreigners

Phuket Governor calls for COVID cooperation from foreigners

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew has issued a formal request, written in English, calling for consuls and honorary consuls on the island to help urge all foreigners in Phuket to abide by COVID-19 prevention measures.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 27 May 2021, 05:10PM

The letter, marked “Urgent”, is dated as issued today (May 27) and marked as issued by the Directing Division of the Phuket Governor’s office at Phuket Provincial Hall.

The letter (verbatim) in full reads:

Subject: Requesting for cooperation to prevent spreading of COVID-19 disease

Reference to the meeting between the Governor of Phuket and General Consuls and Honorary Consuls in Phuket dated on April 27, 2021 at Phuket Provincial Hall. Phuket province has received the reports that many foreigners who recently live in Phuket infected by the COVID-19 disease. This situation is considered a serious case which leads to sorrowfulness of the province.

Many cases of COVID-19 infections have derived from any party organizing, thus, Phuket province seeks cooperation from General Consuls and Honorary consuls in Phuket to monitor and inform or advice your own citizens avoiding to gather in large group to hold or involve in any types of parties which violate the Order of Phuket Province. Any persons who violate or fail to comply with Phuket regulations will be fined or receive a jail sentence, or both.

I hope that COVID-19 will be halted if our cooperation grows together. For more details, please feel free to contact my officials at the provincial phone number.

Sincerely Yours,

Narong Woonciew

The Governor of Phuket Province

The Phuket News notes that at the time this story was posted, the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) and the Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket (now called the ’Phuket Info Centre’), which is operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, which is headed by Governor Narong, had yet to post the letter or repeat their call for foreigners to cooperate with COVID prevention measures. [Updated**]

Also of note, at the meeting with consuls and honorary consuls in Phuket on Apr 27, the message was plain that foreigners caught flagrantly ignoring COVID measures may face deportation.

According to the official timlines released by the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) showing details of movements of people confirmed as infected with COVID-19 in Phuket since Apr 3, 36 of the first 200 infections on the island were foreigners.

The timelines released reported as follows:

9 Italian woman, 36 - Apr 6
10 American man, 32 - Apr 8
13 Foreign man, 36 - Apr 8
21 Myanmar woman, 35 - Apr 9
22 Italian man, 52 - Apr 9
23 Myanmar man, 38 - Apr 9
29 English woman, 30 - Apr 9
33 Italian man, 36 - Apr 10
46 Foreign man, 33 - Apr 10
50 French man, 39 - Apr 10
53 Philippines man, 37 - Apr 10
58 English man, 29 - Apr 11
60 Brazilian man, 30, - Apr 11
65 american man, 24 - Apr 10
66 South African woman, 23 - Apr 11
73 Philippines man, 41 - Apr 13
83 Russian woman, 24 - Apr 9
88 Canadian man, 30 - Apr 12
96 Russian man, 31 - Apr 13
99 English man, 32 - Apr 13
103 Taiwanese woman, 44 - Apr 14
111 Italian man, 40 - Apr 14
113 Lithuanian man, 31 - Apr 14
114 Estonian woman, 31, - Apr 14
121 Italian woman, 37 - Apr 15
136 Philippines man, 34 - Apr 15
139 French man, 43 - Apr 15
141 Israeli man, 35 Apr 14
143 Myanmar woman, 38 - Apr 16
153 Russian man, 59 - Apr 16
159 Foreign man, 20 - Apr 16
186 Philippines man, 35 - Apr 17
187 Myanmar man, 40 - Apr 17
188 Myanmar woman, 42 - Apr 17
192 French man, 39 - Apr 19
198 Taiwanese man, 43 - Apr 17

(Timeline number, nationality and gender, age, date confirmed infected)


**UPDATE: The Official COVID-19 Information Center Phuket (now called the ’Phuket Info Centre’) posted copies of the signed letters addressed to the Honorary Consuls in Phuket for the UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Nepal and Switzerland on its official Facebook page at 8:07pm Thursday night (May 27).


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JohnC | 30 May 2021 - 08:47:02

I see far to many western foreigners (farang) flaunting the mask rules thinking they know better and can do as they please. I hope the governor and the police force come down heavy on these wastes of oxygen who  seem not to care about putting others at risk.

Kurt | 30 May 2021 - 07:55:49

If the many infected foreigners on Phuket is so serious that it leads to sorrowfulness of the province, than the solution is there, Governor.  Vaccinate them, stop discriminating between Thai and foreign older residents. Stop with that fine and jail time talks. Is just nonsense.

BluePeterMarine | 28 May 2021 - 16:22:39

So they should vaccinate the foreigners first ;-) 

CaptainJack69 | 28 May 2021 - 13:23:30

Yeah, what gives with the 6 week old stats? Just coincidence that that's when the Thai organized clubbing events took place? If you want our cooperation how about showing us a little respect and offering us vaccinations? Instead of trying to blame the dirty 'farang' for everything.

snowman | 28 May 2021 - 08:43:35

Cooperation is a two-way street. How about some vaccine for foreigners?

r u sure | 28 May 2021 - 08:12:02

So, from cases 198 onwards no foreigners?

Kurt | 28 May 2021 - 01:31:16

I miss the number of Thai, gender, age, in this article. Governor's focus and appealing on foreigners corporation is quite one sided seen the fact that older age groups foreigners, in other countries the first to got vaccinated, here discriminated, still not vaccinated. How high on the horse one can sit with a board in front of the head? Hammering the foreigners just to deviate attention.

JSombra | 28 May 2021 - 00:03:17

So, over a month ago,  about 18% of cases were foriegners, who were infected at a thai owned and operated event, that was allowed to happen by the authorities. And governor  feels need to issue this warning to foriegners now, over 5 weeks after the fact, when cases are back to single digits or less ? Hope for the tourist industry here this guy is rotated out day borders open if not before. 

charles | 27 May 2021 - 21:59:01

also look at the age groups listed here & the dates all coincide with those large party's that they allowed

charles | 27 May 2021 - 21:55:58

So that's 18% were foreigners, still leaves 82% from thai's. Also who's to say were the infected caught the virus from . doesn't mean that every foreigner here is out ignoring the rules & partying , I still see a lot of local groups gathering in various locations 


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