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Phuket Governor holds to April 30 deadline to ‘end COVID spread’

Phuket Governor holds to April 30 deadline to ‘end COVID spread’

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana today (Apr 14) maintained his goal of ending the spread of COVID in Phuket by April 30.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 14 April 2020, 06:36PM

Governor Phakaphong delivered his expectation today (Apr 14). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Governor Phakaphong delivered his expectation today (Apr 14). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Governor Phakaphong delivered his expectation today at a meeting of high-ranking Phuket officials to set goals and strategies for joint action “to end the COVID-19 situation” in Phuket.

The Governor pointed out the many measures already rolled out to help prevent the spread of the virus, including the 14-day lockdown on all non-essential travel between sub-districts which began yesterday.

“The results have showed that the rate of COVID-19 patients found is decreasing, and if this continues the situation of the spread of COVID-19 infection in Phuket should be completely ended by April 30, 2020, therefore to ensure this happens relevant agencies have been invited to attend this meeting in order to achieve that target,” he said.

It was pointed out that key risks groups remained any persons living or working in Patong, and recent arrivals on the island, and now included people in the Bang Tao area.

A team of 40 doctors and medical personnel from Songklanagarind Hospital in Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province, are to arrive tomorrow (Apr 15) to staff the “second field hospital” now set up at the Prince of Songkla University (PSU) Phuket campus, the Governor explained.

He also said that according to the Ministry of Interior some 1,327 Americans are still in Phuket waiting to return home. Arrangements were being made to airlift them off the island, he added.

“Those left in Phuket may need to prepare to board a plane in Bangkok, or a flight may fly down to pick them up in Phuket,” he said.

Phuket Immigration reported that a total of 4,117 foreign visitors were still on the island, he added.

Dr Thanit Sermkaew, Chief of Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO), pointed out the countermeasures being rolled out in Patong to help early identification of people suspected of being infected with the virus.

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However, he also pointed out rising number of infections in Bang Tao, including a 97-year-old woman.

“Fortunately, she was not showing any symptoms of the disease,” he said.

“Bang Tao is a community where residents consistently go about their daily lives. Changing the lifestyle of the community is quite difficult,” Dr Thanit said.

“In the Bang Tao area of Cherng Talay, there is a need to search for infected patients to conduct screening tests to cover all cases,” he continued.

The Surin Beach Resort and one of The Kris venues in Bang Tao have both been dedicated as accommodation where infected people can stay, and both of them have already started to fill, Dr Thanit said.

“Therefore, the province is coordinating with Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organisation [OrBorTor] to procure one additional location in the Bang Tao area to provide accommodation for the growing number of infected patients,” he said.

Also discussed was the issue of 5,000 Thais who will start to return from Malaysia when the Sadao border checkpoint opens on April 16, allowing 350 people a day to enter Thailand.

“We are not certain how many of these people are from Phuket. I request that Phuket prepares to support these people when they return,: Dr Thanit added.

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Rorri_2 | 16 April 2020 - 16:11:18

Jor12... oh, you use both names today, who do you think you are fooling.. "K...if you can, read the Constitution," if you are so smart, quote the constitution.. nah, you're just all mouth.

Jor12 | 16 April 2020 - 15:37:51

K...if you can, read the Constitution.

DeKaaskopp | 16 April 2020 - 14:52:38

@K,  If the information will come some day, It will be a " heavenly" day.Lol.

Pascale | 16 April 2020 - 11:30:43

@armitagepeter , you should read the news more often. Visas are extended until end of April.

Kurt | 16 April 2020 - 11:13:36

Some day will come that PN informs you that Kurt and Herman are different persons. You think bad about people.

DeKaaskopp | 16 April 2020 - 10:50:49

Kurt/Hermann, couldn't you decide what part of your personality should finish the sentence ?Haha
And are you thinking that the virus is send by the heavenly father or why you call it heavenly infected ?

Kurt | 16 April 2020 - 10:37:54

Jor12, what law are you talking about that requires Thai Government to repatriate Thai citizens from abroad to Thailand? Show me.

Kurt | 16 April 2020 - 10:26:16

What is wrong with Bang Tao/Cherng Talay area? Somehow they always look not falling under normal Phuket administration ruling. Why is that? Has this area historical exclusive territorium rights or so?

armitagepeter@ymail.com | 16 April 2020 - 09:20:33

Why is Immigration still insisting on Foreigners visiting offices to renew visa EVERY TWO WEEKS! Ridiculous.

Jor12 | 16 April 2020 - 05:17:26

K... the purpose is to repatriate Thai citizens as require by law. As a guest in this country why do you have a problem with that? It has nothing to do with you. When they arrive they are quarantined for 14 days, just like any other repatriated citizen be it the US,NZ, Aust, or Korea.

Hermann1 | 15 April 2020 - 22:36:44

from heavenly infected countries like Malaysia ?

Kurt | 15 April 2020 - 18:03:41

.....What purpose has Tambon lockdowns  when they at the same time accept a flow of 5000 Thai from heavenly infected Malaysia?.....Sure among these 5000 infected Thai, in incubation time or already sick.

DeKaaskopp | 15 April 2020 - 16:29:45

@Kurt,those returnees from Malaysia will have to stay in quarantine first before being allowed to return to their home.At the time of their return there will be probably no Tambon lockdown anymore.

Kurt | 15 April 2020 - 14:05:33

@ematt,  USA has a lot of ' Corona home problems' at hands. Perhaps sending planes for these 1327 is not their priority this moment? Thailand is going to let Thai in by 350 a day from Corona-overwhelmed Malaysia? Making corona covid-19 a 'roller coaster'that partly also will reach Phuket.  What is the purpose of Tambon lock downs while welcoming back 5000 Yhai from heavenly infecte...

ematt | 15 April 2020 - 12:14:41

 "...some 1,327 Americans are still in Phuket waiting to return home".  They waited until NOW? Were they living under a rock? 

quinault11 | 15 April 2020 - 10:26:36

I hate those people who smoking while waiting for traffic light. I just met one in chaofa esso intersection. And I'm very worried about getting infected by his smoke. Stopping sell cigarrates is more nessecery than wines indeed.

Timothy | 15 April 2020 - 09:34:15

"Bang Tao is a community where residents consistently go about their daily lives...." Religious beliefs should not exempt these people from the rules that all others must follow. We are being held hostage until this virus is under control. Most people understand the rules and follow them. Stop allowing Muslims from crowding together for prayer. They can do it at home for two weeks.  

Christy Sweet | 15 April 2020 - 08:10:27

The checkpoints are a bio-hazard in every way. But of course they are. TiT

friend | 14 April 2020 - 21:41:59



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