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Phuket tourism falters as infections spread

Phuket tourism falters as infections spread

PHUKET: Patong Beach remains devoid of visitors as COVID infections rise across the island and the spread of infections elsewhere in the country has sparked mass cancellations of planned trips to Phuket.

By The Phuket News

Monday 12 April 2021, 12:06PM

The Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) this morning (Apr 12) reported 74 cases of confirmed infections on the island since April 3.

That number had risen from 58 confirmed cases as of yesterday morning. In reporting the 58 cases yesterday, the PPHO reported only three tambon (subdistricts) on the island that had not yet had a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The PPHO reported 10 confirmed cases of infection in Patong, eight in Kathu, six in Kamala, seven in Rawai, three in Chalong and one in Karon.

In the non-tourist areas, the PPHO reported 11 confirmed infections in Wichit, three in Sakhu (near the airport), two in Rassada, two in Talad Yai and one in Talad Neua in Phuket Town, one in Srisoonthorn, one in Pa Khlok and two in Thepkrasattri.

Only Cherng Talay, Koh Kaew and Mai Khao remained clear of any confirmed infections.

However, The PPHO last night issued another warning for people who had presented themselves at the vaccination service centre set up at the Angsana Laguna Phuket Resort in Cherng Talay to receive their vaccination injection to self-isolate for seven days and self-monitor their condition.

This time the warning was for people who were at the centre between 11am and midday and 4pm to 10pm on April 7, and those who were at the centre from 2pm and 5pm on April 9.

Meanwhile, large public gathering events are starting to be cancelled by. The regular Sunday night Lard Yai Walking Street market on Thalang Rd in Phuket Town has been suspended until further notice.

Even all people who attended the end-of-school-year photo session at Phuket Vocational College from midday to 2pm on Apr 8 have been “urgently informed” to self-isolate and self-monitor their condition for any signs of infection.

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The PPHO is issuing timelines of people now confirmed infected, explaining to the public the person’s relevant movements in public areas, including which nightclubs, restaurants and shopping centres they had visited, and even if they travelled to Phang Nga on day trips. (See the timelines posted so far here.)

Meanwhile, the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department is repeating its message from the Phuket Provincial Government that there is still no self-quarantine required for any arrivals from ‘red zone’ risk areas after arriving on the island β€’ a policy being repeated by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew at nearly every public appearance.

At last report 37 provinces in the country have issued orders asking people arriving from ‘red zone’ risk areas β€’ Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan and Nakhon Pathom β€’ to self-isolate for at least seven days after arriving in those provinces.

Among them is Phang Nga.

In the North, the provinces requiring self-isolation on arrival are Chiang Mai, Tak, Nan, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phrae, Lamphun, Uthai Thani, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan and Kamphaeng Phet.

In the Northeast the provinces are Buriram, Udon Thani, Nakhon Rachasima, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Phanom, Bueng Kan, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Sakon Nakhon, Nong Khai, Nong Bua Lamphu, Amnat Charoen.

In the Central region the provinces Chainat, Saraburi, Singburi, Sa Kaeo and Lop Buri.

In the South the provinces are  Chumphon, Trang, Phang Nga, Satun, Songkhla, Narathiwat and Pattani.

Phuket officials advise any persons intending to travel to those provinces to first check on the requirements of the relevant province before travelling by visiting the Ministry of Interior COVID information website

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Christy Sweet | 12 April 2021 - 19:46:09

I'd like to thank Tesco-Lotus and Makro for the consistent and strictly applied protocol of everyone wearing masks for the last year. I will not go anywhere else to shop for groceries.I was pleased everyone at the Sat night  market appeared to be wearing masks including all vendors.

Galong | 12 April 2021 - 17:38:13

Go down the Walking Street market on Thalang Rd anytime and you'll see people not wearing masks. There are checkpoint at boths ends of the road, but no one is checking anyone after they've gone through the checkpoint. This should be easy to remedy. I'm sure there is at least one cop available to cruise that stretch.

Foot | 12 April 2021 - 14:27:55

And, yet, still no vaccinations for non-Thais.  Land of Smiles.


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