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Phuket officials promote Phuket COVID rules, without explanations

Phuket officials promote Phuket COVID rules, without explanations

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Government’s official COVID-19 Information Center has launched a public-relations offensive with the launch of at least five videos with Phuket Vice Governor Piyaphong Chuwong explaining in the simplest of terms what is required of domestic arrivals to enter Phuket.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 4 February 2021, 04:19PM

The videos were posted on the Ministry of Interior Phuket office official Facebook page Phuketanticovid19 last night (Feb 3).

“Everything is almost back to normal as seen in every part of Phuket right now. Shopping malls, fitness gyms, pubs and bars are all operating with normal open and close times,” Vice Governor Piyapong said.

“However, all people still have to follow the COVID-19 preventive measures to prevent any new infections as the virus is still spreading,” he added.

“There are five important aspects to talk about in the implementation of COVID-19 surveillance, including inspections of migrant workers due to the political situation in Myanmar that may result in the movement of people into the Phuket,” he said.

"First of all, we ourselves need to be aware and to follow strictly the COVID-19 Prevention Measures D-M-H-T-T, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

“D-M-H-T-T” is the widely publicized protocol Social Distancing, Mask Wearing, Hand Washing, Temperature Check and Thai Chana.

“Arrivals in Phuket from other provinces are asked to comply with the Phuket’s surveillance measures, and register on,” V/Gov Piyapong added.

“Establishments can open but they have to assess the level of risks in areas where gatherings might be found such as pubs, bars, markets and department stores. Places such as these are therefore asked to have the Thai Chana app for screening people before entering the place.

“The Public Health Office is arranging to check people in pubs and bars by randomly inspecting employees, as pubs and bars are considered as the most risky area where we need to be careful.

“There will be random checks of migrant workers, although all migrant workers in Phuket now have already been inspected. But after a while, we will have another random check for sure,” V/Gov Piyaphong said.

“The ongoing political situation in Myanmar might have some impact on the movement of people into Phuket. The Phuket Provincial Government has prepared to inspect more migrant workers with higher surveillance measures across the island to create more confidence among the people in Phuket as well,” V/G Piyaphong also noted.

“The most important thing is to make sure all people are informed and aware of the directives. Please do not ignore any information, even though measures are now relaxed – and please do not for one minute forget that we are in the midst of a disease outbreak, so we still need to be careful and cautious,” he said.

Absence of clarity

However, V/Gov Piyapong avoided explaining exactly what was required of new arrivals, notably that a 14-day mandatory quarantine remained in effect for all people arriving from Samut Sakhon – but only for people arriving from Samut Sakhon. 

People arriving from Samut Sakhon must also show official documents to prove their travel was necessary. They are also required to enter a health screening system for further instructions by the local health authorities.

People arriving from anywhere else in the country only need to have the Mor Chana app installed, register online via, follow all COVID preventative measures and only self-monitor for signs of infection.

V/Gov Piyapong also avoided clarifying whether the B20,000 fine for not wearing a face mask in public was still in effect.

Of note, in addition to observing the DMHTT precautions, overnight visitors to Phuket must avoid public places, as noted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

That was another point omitted by V/Gov Piyapong in the videos.

The Phuket News notes that, with the exception of the face mask fine and the requirement to follow COVID-prevetation measures, nearly all the provincial COVID regulations target venue operators and business service providers. The full order currently in effect was announced on Jan 26.

Failure to comply with the order may be punished under Section 51 of Disease Control Act 2015, which incurs a fine of up to B20,000, or under Section 52 of the act, which invokes a penalty of up to one year imprisonment or a fine of up to B100,000 or both, the order noted.

Those found breaching the order will also be charged under Section 18 of the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations B.E. 2548 (2005), which invokes a penalty of up to two years imprisonment or up to B40,000 or both, the order warned.

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Capt B | 07 February 2021 - 14:37:35

Bloomberg, Feb7 2021; "Thailand said the conditions of buying vaccines through the World Health Organization-backed Covax Program are too strict to make a purchase worthwhile".
So there ya go, according to the Thai Govt, none of ya are worth while anyway, looks like you are all going to starve, go broke or die of covid-19. Those nickels n dimes commo vaccines are just not effective enou...

Christy Sweet | 07 February 2021 - 12:55:19

Cancer was employed to make a point about contagious diseases so the discourse is flawed. 

Kurt | 07 February 2021 - 10:39:52

Are we sure that still the PCR test 1986 is in use for testing people? We may expect that tests today are different, actualized, for today's Pandemic situation (?)

LALALA | 07 February 2021 - 09:39:32

It doesn't matter for me if cancer is contagious or not. For me the sole figures speak a clear language. Adding flaws in PCR testing and misleading labeling of death by covid or with covid this sets a clear signal. This is nothig than - as skip wrote - a casedemic used by governments around the world to increase control over their citizens. Spread fear and rule though it. works well.....

skip | 06 February 2021 - 15:53:26

the more people they test, the more positives they will get. the PCR test cannot differentiate between influenza, lung cancer, asthma, immunity antibodies etc more people will test positive ( kerry mollis inventor of the PCR test 1986 ) the positives will rise but not in line with the deaths. 94% of deaths are from pre existing  multiple co morbidities  ( CDC website )
known as a casedemic. 

Christy Sweet | 06 February 2021 - 15:17:02

Cancer is not spread through proximity so there is no correlation.

Galong | 06 February 2021 - 14:00:55

@LALALA "More people die from cancer every year" Cancer is NOT CONTAGIOUS!  

Galong | 06 February 2021 - 13:57:30

@LALALA "Live a healthy life style and you nothing to fear" Sure, eat a salad and you'll be fine. I'm glad you're not in charge. Healthy people get infected too. Athletes get viral infections. Search "athletes infected with covid" and you'll find info about very fit people with heart and other organ abnormalities due directly to covid.

Kurt | 06 February 2021 - 11:52:48

Everything almost back to normal as seen in every part of Phuket right now, the V/Gov is saying.  Well, keep it that way. Phuket people  did established that with their behavior. Don't welcome Thai people from Covid-19 spiking areas like BKK. Don't spoil/sabotage the present situation on Phuket.

Kurt | 06 February 2021 - 11:43:13

LaLaLa, it is not fear mongering what speaks. It is the Thai setting in Quarantine, down loading apps, all the strict rules to 'fight' Covid-19, but not vaccinating yet, what speaks. Allowing Thai  on Phuket from BKK, were Covid figures are spiking, that without explanations, as we read here, doesn't make normal sense. Much is so contradictive.

LALALA | 06 February 2021 - 09:15:04

Kurt, you also stop the fear mongering. More people die from cancer every year than - what the media report - from Covid 19. On the other hand - if people would be  so scared - they can close Phuket off as it is logistically the easiest way. Businesses on Phuket surely will not like it. I do not care.

Kurt | 06 February 2021 - 08:02:24

Covid-19 infections are spiking in West-Bangkok  BP 6 Feb), meaning, it is just spreading now all over BKK. So, is it wise to continue this moment flying between BKK and Phuket, with possible Covid-19 infected asymptomatic passengers arriving on Phuket?

zaphod64 | 06 February 2021 - 07:46:23

People from overseas still need to quarantine and in hotels costing $1,000 the only way the country can hope to recover is to stop this restriction . Alan West

skip | 06 February 2021 - 00:35:54

there has been 79 deaths in thailand in 12 months so what is everyone worried about ? most had multiple co morbidities which caused  their deaths. they died after testing positive, not from covid. ( CDC stats 94% )
the PCR test doesnt distinguish between influenza and covid ( WHO ) .  880 died from tuberculosis in 2019.  the scientific published peer reviewed data is available. 

LALALA | 05 February 2021 - 16:41:01

And what, you will have more cases than, who cares. Live a healthy life style and you nothing to fear. 

Galong | 05 February 2021 - 13:43:54

@LALALA it's quite rich hearing the word 'fearmongering' from thou, considering the picture you usually paint about almost every subject. Fact: people in Phuket have only gotten a promise of vaccines, no actual vaccines. Not everyone follows the guidelines. The cops don't patrol. We're doomed to having an increase if more people arrive given these facts. It's simple maths.

Kurt | 05 February 2021 - 07:42:33

"Everything is almost back to normal", said V/Gov. Yes, due to the strict anti Covid regime measures. But seeing the daily growing number of new Covid infections ( see BP) it is madness to open Phuket for people from 'outside', that is welcoming a increase in Covid infections on Phuket. Wait! Vaccinate first. Do things the right way for one time.

LALALA | 05 February 2021 - 07:30:25

Stop the fearmongering Galong.

Galong | 04 February 2021 - 20:20:25

Gee, already trying to blame Burmese for the upcoming increase in cases when the reality is there are plenty of local people (and expats) who don't wear masks, don't wear them correctly, and/or don't social distance. There are no cops visible. We're doomed, unfortunately.


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