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Phuket officials announce daily COVID-19 checks on all arrivals from France, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan

Phuket officials announce daily COVID-19 checks on all arrivals from France, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan

PHUKET: Officials in Phuket will now check on all arrivals from Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Germany, France, and Spain each day to monitor their health to make sure they are not infected with COVID-19, Phuket Vice Governor Phichet Panaphong has announced.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 13 March 2020, 01:14PM


Phuket Vice Governor Phichet Panaphong announced the new COVID-19 countermeasures yesterday (Mar 12). Photo: PR Phuket

Phuket Vice Governor Phichet Panaphong announced the new COVID-19 countermeasures yesterday (Mar 12). Photo: PR Phuket

“On arrival, travellers from these countries and territories must confirm with officials where they will be staying so officers can go and check on them every day to make sure they do not develop any symptoms of infection,” V/Gov Phichet told the now-daily meeting of the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee held yesterday (Mar12).

“Officers will also check on those already on the island, but these arrivals will not have to self-quarantine themselves,” he said.

Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Dr Chalermpong Sukontapol added, “If they have a body temperature lower than 37.5ºC, they will be allowed to go out of their hotel but must be checked daily.

“They will also be suggested to go to open-air places, such as beaches, and avoid crowded places, such as pubs,” he said.

“If they have a temperature higher than 37.5ºC, they will be taken to local hospital, where they will be tested,” he added.

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V/Gov Phichet repeated that all arrivals from China, South Korea, Macao, Hong Kong, Italy, and Iran must self-quarantine themselves for at least 14 days.

V/Gov Phichet also revealed, “There are currently around 400 people from the two groups [the original six “risk areas” and the new “second group”], including Thais and foreigners, and we already have information where they are staying.

“I confirm that of these 400 people we have not found any persons suspected of being infected,” he said.

“If any of them are found to have any symptoms of the disease, they will be taken to local hospital where they will be tested,” V/Gov Phichet repeated.

Of note, Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana was present at the meeting.

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Pascale | 16 March 2020 - 16:46:54

K,you repeating yourself.All for the sake of posting another comment ?

Kurt | 16 March 2020 - 12:38:38

Visa runs make healthy persons subject to become infected throughout the visa run days. Where is the logic? Much better just show passport during 90 day report at drive in counter Immigration. Right? Modernise the system up to 2020 setting. Waiting for a daring Immigration station Colonel who will become a general after pushing for a modernisation change.

Kurt | 15 March 2020 - 21:11:22

@albator. Good point. Name me another country were one lives & works, and has to do a visa run every 90 days. Is the 90 day report to immigration not sufficient? Thai Immigration, a funny department with retarded settings. But it's not the only one.  TIT.

albator | 14 March 2020 - 17:17:14

How about expats working in Thailand who  have to exit the country every 90 days ? Why not waiving this stupid visa run and have them reported to immigration instead.

Kurt | 14 March 2020 - 10:30:05

Why are arrivals from China, S-Korea, Macao, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran not on the same 'check on arrival/ quarantine list' as USA, Germany, France, Spain, BeNeLux, Tawain, Singapore, Japan? In all these countries are coronavirus patients. Is 'same-same, but different' working?  Doctors don't think so.

Kurt | 14 March 2020 - 08:03:23

Perhaps it is a good idea when Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are orchestrating/tuning at their airports same coronavirus entrance policy in handling arrivals?  This moment it is patchwork all over. ( and the patchwork change daily) And that just at  about 1 hour flight distance among each other.

Capt B | 13 March 2020 - 19:56:50

Would the PN please have the Vice Governor confirm that Singapore does not include the Transit Lounge only at Singapore Airport for people arriving from Low Risk countries ? If I was arrival from a High Risk Area, I would be worried about catching the virus off the Govt Officials on a daily basis as they would be in contact with many  people from High Risk Areas turning them into carriers.

Pascale | 13 March 2020 - 14:55:57

Given the daily changes on all announcements regarding Covid19,who still gives a damn about it.

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