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Phuket Town fresh markets battered by COVID infections

Phuket Town fresh markets battered by COVID infections

PHUKET: The Phuket City Municipality Fresh Market 1 on Ranong Rd in Phuket Town has been ordered closed for one week while mass testing is conducted on all vendors following a spate of COVID-19 infections confirmed at the market.

By The Phuket News

Friday 6 August 2021, 05:39PM

Phuket City Municipality ordered the market closed after Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon on Wednesday (Aug 4) confirmed that 27 people at the market had been confirmed as infected with COVID-19.

The 27 new cases were discovered through proactive screening of over 100 of vendors at the market, Dr Kusak said.

Those 27 cases contributed to Phuket on Tuesday marking a record 65 cases confirmed on one day.

Phuket City Municipality declared the market a COVID risk area and ordered the market closed for seven days, from yesterday (Aug 5) until next Wednesday (Aug 11), “or until the area is managed according to market sanitation measures to control and prevent the spread of disease”.

“Phuket City Municipality and related agencies have visited the area to carry out screening of high-risk groups or high-risk contacts,” the municipality said in its announcement.

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After the mass testing has been conducted, the market is to be cleansed thoroughly, with disinfectant to be sprayed through the entire market, the announcement added.

Meanwhile, Phuket City Municipality Fresh Market 2, located behind the Robinson department store on Ong Sim Phai Rd, underwent intensive cleansing and disinfecting today.

The market will reopen tomorrow.

The municipality last week ordered that market to close for seven days,  from July 31 to today (Aug 6).

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Christy Sweet | 08 August 2021 - 12:27:08

What's politically correct (and wrong) is to not close mosques as they are known super spreaders with everyone packed in bleating  prayers into a small air space just above the ground. Perfect for SARS to take hold.   

sympassion | 08 August 2021 - 11:11:29

Can anyone explain to me why a market where at least 27 people have been infected only need to be closed for 1 week? Who’s on a plane to Phuket and sits close to somebody who turns out to be positive have to be quarantined for 14 days also when you keep on having negative results. Why are people from outside Phuket being treated so differently?

lelecuneo | 07 August 2021 - 14:18:12

ok no alcohol sales...but how come Ban laimai hotel, in patong beach front..and the new bar just open next to it sells alcohol into mug cup ? The mollie pub also selling beeer and even without hiding it inside the pub.... is it me or police here are blind like little warm?? come on... 

Kurt | 07 August 2021 - 02:50:30

It are already long time the wet/fresh markets that are with head and shoulders above any other places to be mass infectious. When more adequate prevention measures are taken at these spots by Thai health experts in the field of contagious diseases? Think about lesser vendors, and 'in' and 'out gates to limit number of visitors at same time. Upgrade their infra structure.

r u sure | 06 August 2021 - 21:49:23

3 areas of possible mass infections 1) markets. 2) Mosques 3) Migrant camps? Close them all? But I think number 2 might be politically incorrect?3 areas of possible mass infections 1) markets. 2) Mosques 3) Migrant camps? Close them all? But I think number 2 might be politically incorrect?

maverick | 06 August 2021 - 18:38:48

Why are all markets not being closed - Petri dishes for spreading infection and no attempt at social distancing 


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