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Poll: 53pc of tourists say will still travel to Phuket even if COVID-19 case confirmed

Poll: 53pc of tourists say will still travel to Phuket even if COVID-19 case confirmed

PHUKET: More than half of the foreign visitors to Phuket who responded to an online poll by The Phuket News voted that a person in Phuket being confirmed as infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus should not affect tourists’ decision to travel here: “It should not affect their decision at all as long reasonable precautions are taken.”

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By The Phuket News

Monday 16 March 2020, 11:23AM


Tourists are checked at Phuket International Airport. Photo: AoT

Tourists are checked at Phuket International Airport. Photo: AoT

The poll ran online for two weeks and drew more than 1,700 respondents, of whom 33% were Thai nationals, 14% were local expatriate residents and 53% were foreign visitors to Phuket.

In response to ongoing travel bans, self-quarantine requirements and oblique reporting of COVID cases in Phuket, The Phuket News asked readers the simple question: “Even if Phuket had one or more confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus, if those people were quickly identified and moved to isolation, should this affect tourists’ in their decision to come to Phuket?”

A total of 23% of all respondent voted, “Yes, tourists should cancel their trips to anywhere for now to help stop the virus from spreading,” and a further 16% of all respondents voted, “Yes, tourists should cancel their trips to Phuket and elsewhere in Thailand, as there is little confidence in measures taken to contain the spread of the virus.”

However, 52% of all respondents voted, “No, the virus is already spreading everywhere. It should not affect their decision at all as long reasonable precautions are taken.”

The remaining 9% voted, “It depends on whether the people contracted the virus while in Phuket.”

In a breakdown by demographic, 23.06% of all Thai nationals who took part in the poll, 25.21% of all local expatriate residents who took part in the poll and 21.91% of all foreign visitors to Phuket who voted in the poll responded, “Yes, tourists should cancel their trips to anywhere for now to help stop the virus from spreading.”

Similarly, it was the local expatriate residents who held the least faith in local officials in taking reasonable precautions to prevent the disease from spreading in Phuket, with one quarter (25.21%) of all expats on the island voting, “Yes, tourists should cancel their trips to Phuket and elsewhere in Thailand, as there is little confidence in measures taken to contain the spread of the virus.”

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Only 15.15% of all Thai nationals who voted in the poll believed likewise, and only 14.18% of all foreign visitors to Phuket who voted in the poll believing the same.

An overwhelming majority of all respondents in each demographic voted that people should be able to come to Phuket, as long as precautions were taken.

A total 52.15% of all Thai nationals who voted in the poll responded, “No, the virus is already spreading everywhere. It should not affect their decision at all as long reasonable precautions are taken.”

A further 47.11% of all local expatriate residents who voted in the poll voted the same.

The most telling statistic was that 53.06% of all foreign visitors to Phuket who voted in the poll agreed: “It should not affect their decision at all as long reasonable precautions are taken.”

For the full poll results, click here.

If your preferred response was not available in the poll, fell free to post it in the comments section below.

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Kurt | 17 March 2020 - 09:51:28

The PN Polls are great. However international developments ( lock downs, travel restrictions many countries) and growing awareness of people this moment about what is worldwide going on is totally different from the moment the Poll started.  Today actual, tomorrow already 'old'. Se the sudden sky rocketing increase in thai coronavirus patients.

Apirath | 16 March 2020 - 21:51:46

Interesting! Please continue to conduct more polls on coronavirus and other issues affecting Phuket. Present the results once a week in a simple pie chart. Thank you

Foot | 16 March 2020 - 17:27:02

 There have been, essentially, NO DEATHS from Corvid-19 in people under 50, as of March 16. Yes, you can get sick for a few days.  It's not a threat to most of the world.  Old folks, such as me, need to be careful + all efforts should be directed to the +50 year olds.
Honestly, why the panic?
Economies and countries are being destroyed all for the sake of an inflammatory news story.

Pascale | 16 March 2020 - 16:51:03

Please PN,nullify the poll on Kurt's request.

Kurt | 16 March 2020 - 12:03:30

The Poll is outdated by continues Pandemic spreading of virus worldwide. In the poll was not asked about the secret Isolation facility on Phuket as it was not established at start poll. The time and worldwide developments did overrun the poll. As simple is that.

 

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