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Patong residents urged to self-quarantine, door-to-door checks to begin

Patong residents urged to self-quarantine, door-to-door checks to begin

PHUKET: Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup has called for all people in Patong to self-quarantine for 14 days as health officials in the tourism town which has become the epicentre of Phuket infections prepare to start door-to-door checks tomorrow (Mar 31).

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 30 March 2020, 10:27PM


“I want people who live in Patong to quarantine themselves for 14 days starting right now,” Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup told The Phuket News today (Mar 30).

“Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana has already issued a notice asking people to stay off the streets and away from public areas from 8pm to 3am each night [see here], but this is an additional requirement from me,” she said.

“Most confirmed cases of infection [in Phuket] have come from Patong, but now it’s not just the Bangla area, it is now spreading everywhere,” Mayor Chalermluck noted.

“Please stay at home all day. I am not banning people from going outside. If it is necessary to go out, you must wear a face mask and finish your business quickly and return home. This is the best way to keep yourself and your family safe,” she said.

Mayor Chalermluck warned that people caught flouting the health regulations issued under the Emergency Decree may face legal action.

“People should not ignore this, we want to stop the virus from spreading. If any person ignores the regulations, officials will enforce the law,” she said.

Health officials from tomorrow (Mar 31) will conduct door-to-door checks on people in the hope of identifying any more possible infections before the virus can spread further, Mayor Chalermluck said.

“Tomorrow, health officials from Patong Municipality will inspect houses in Patong. We will check people in their residences,” she said.

Any persons found suspected of being infected will be taken to Patong Hospital and then asked to spend a 14-day quarantine at the Sleep With Me hotel, where 200 rooms have been dedicated to accommodating “persons under investigation” (PUIs) – free of charge.

“People cannot just turn up at the hotel and ask to stay for free,” Mayor Chalermluck explained.

“People must be screened by Patong Hospital first, and if the hospital requests it, the person can stay at the hotel,” she said.

Eight rooms are already accommodating such PUIs, she added.

Patong Municipality already has been providing free meals for people under self-quarantine, Mayor Chalermluck added.

People who have registered with the municipality project have three meals a day delivered to wherever they are staying.

The project was originally budgeted to provide three meals a day to 300 people, but officials are trying to stretch that even further, Mayor Chalermluck said.

“We will try to cover everyone who needs meals delivered by us,” she said.

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phkt-2016 | 01 April 2020 - 12:23:16

Papa Paul, i believe the sleep with me hotel rooms are for doctors and healthg workers in Patong. So compliment to the managment at sleep with me hotel to help and support in difficult times.

Rorri_2 | 01 April 2020 - 10:57:52

"The bitter, nasty, and hateful posts continue" just what are you on about... highly exaggerated comment, and for what reason, can you actually say that the comments are wrong, if so, tell us why... I bet you can't.

ematt | 01 April 2020 - 07:21:31

The bitter, nasty, and hateful posts continue. Maybe the commenters would feel more comfortable sitting out the virus in Europe or  the US. Oh wait....

Papa paul | 31 March 2020 - 09:19:36

No. There is no problem in Phuket. We just put aside 300 rooms at the sleep with me hotel(very appropriate).  This should have been done a month ago.  The patience are running asylum.  The almighty Bht should not be a priority over the Thai peoples health. Your locals voted you in to look after them because they thought you were smarter than them, WRONG.  Good luck.

Kurt | 31 March 2020 - 08:47:14

Pray that the door-to-door going health officials are 'virus professionals'. Knowing what they are doing, so that they not going to spread the coronavirus door-to-door. By the way, did they  clean/flush the stinky drains on Bangla Rd as well?

 

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