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Region health chief to ask Phuket to roll out lockdown measures

Region health chief to ask Phuket to roll out lockdown measures

PHUKET: The chief of the regional health office will ask Phuket officials to implement lockdown measures on the island to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 15 April 2021, 09:22AM

Police and health officials check vehicles as they arrive on the island at the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai. Photo: PR Phuket

Police and health officials check vehicles as they arrive on the island at the Phuket Check Point at Tha Chatchai. Photo: PR Phuket

Public health inspector Dr Pitakpol Boonyamalik, who oversees the 11th Health Area of Thailand delivered the news during an online conference for health officials in the southern region yesterday (Apr 14), reports the Bangkok Post.

"The number of new COVID-19 infections in this health region continues to soar by the day. I must propose that the provincial communicable disease control committee of Phuket, in particular, considers locking down the province after Songkran in order to contain the outbreak situation there," Dr Pitakpol said.

The 11th Health Area of Thailand covers Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi and Ranong.

In July, Phuket will be the first province to waive the quarantine requirement for vaccinated foreign visitors, as part of the government’s plan to reopen the country.

Dr Pitakpol said that despite the cases in the southern region being relatively low, with none listed in a high-risk zone, the situation is still worrying.

“Many of our current patients did not have a history of travelling into the outbreak zones before, which points to the possibility that they could have contracted the virus from people who were quarantining at home or people who were deliberately concealing their travel history,” said the doctor.


Meanwhile, retailers and malls nationwide have been asked to close earlier at 9pm, following the private sector’s most recent bid to help curb the country’s third COVID-19 outbreak.

Yol Phokasub, president of Thai Retailers Association (TRA), yesterday said that the TRA and Thai Shopping Centre Association (TSCA) jointly announced to their members and trade partners nationwide that they must maximise their COVID-19 screening measures.

Both associations asked their members to close earlier at 9pm, starting from today (Apr 15) and until further notice.

These businesses are also being advised to suspend all activities that would involve gatherings of large numbers of people. They are further being advised to have their staff work from home as much as possible, said Mr Yol.

He said the two associations hope their move will lead to more action by the private sector in supporting the country’s work to contain COVID-19 and ending the latest wave of the outbreak as soon as possible.

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Christy Sweet | 17 April 2021 - 22:16:32

La, You have consistently spread disinfo and just tried  using statistics  from Type A Bird Flu to make false statements about Type B Common Flu having the same ill effects as Covid.  Covid is a far worse disease than Common Flu Type B in every way. Are you an employee of big pharma out to increase customers? Because that's what you're doing. 

LALALA | 17 April 2021 - 08:04:00

.....and the neurological symptoms are not affiliated with influenza..., thats what you stated previously. 'Influenza B is generally considered a mild disease with less frequent neurologic complications than influenza A,....less but not none as claimed by you.

Christy Sweet | 16 April 2021 - 20:46:30

..Bird flu is not the snotty nose flu going around at your kid's school so to argue SARS-2 is no more serious than H1N1 is somewhat factual but misleading as to the actual discussion. 

Christy Sweet | 16 April 2021 - 20:41:23

Claim not supported- "The earliest report of a case of influenza B viral encephalitis was in London, UK, in 1946 (11), but only sporadic cases with neurologic manifestations have been reported, especially in children and adolescents. Influenza B is generally considered a mild disease with less frequent neurologic complications than influenza A (4–7). .."  (Influenza A is H1N1 aka bird ...

LALALA | 16 April 2021 - 15:58:13

Neurological symptoms are clearly affiliated with the Flu, you are directed to an article from CDC, EID Journal, Volume 23, No.4 from 17th April 2017, for example. 

Christy Sweet | 16 April 2021 - 15:28:41

La, not at the rates of Covid, and the neurological symptoms are not affiliated with influenza. This bug could have been eradicated  with lockdowns alone but for  the disinfo campaigns that prevented such. Was it a concerted vaccine-for- profit effort that got out of hand? Possibly. And you helped.   

LALALA | 16 April 2021 - 14:24:16

Lung damage Christy, I am sure you are aware of the fact that this is as well a possible permanent residual symptom of the flu.

Christy Sweet | 16 April 2021 - 13:56:29

It;s not just death, it's serious illness  and over loaded hoppitals with lingering or possible permanent residual symptoms such as lung damage. Health over money, please.

LALALA | 16 April 2021 - 13:49:38

And by the way, are you aware of this one ? 'The CDC said that 94 percent of deaths relating to COVID-19 had underlying or contributing conditions, with COVID-19 still listed as a factor in the deaths, thus only six percent of deaths only had COVID-19 listed as cause of death.' Its a scamdemic, nothing else which benefits the pharma industry, globalists and the wealthy.

LALALA | 16 April 2021 - 13:41:16

Agree with you Kurt, Thai testing ratio is very low, hence there are more cases in Thailand than recorded. I only missing the stockpiles of dead bodies on the streets. So no need for fearmongering, get an asthma spray and relax.

Kurt | 16 April 2021 - 11:37:40

Thai figures are wet finger work. There was/is hardly any Thai population testing in the whole of Thailand. To long was everything just focused on arrivals in the Kingdom. The open borders to long didn't get enough attention. Well, government said that the UK variant came from Cambodia. Sure, or the usual 'it is not Thai fault' thinking?

DeKaaskopp | 15 April 2021 - 21:24:57

@Agogohome    36000 covid cases and 97 fatalities. Do your math on the fatality rate and then tell me again that the measures are not exaggerated. Closing small bars is complete nonsense.And all those joining the choir of lockdown shouter are totally crazy.Just keep staying home if you are so scared.

DeKaaskopp | 15 April 2021 - 18:10:03

@Kurt Any proof that there are more fatalities ? Or is this your usual fantasizing ?

Capricornball | 15 April 2021 - 17:54:37

So, "...locking down the province after Songkran...".  Sounds like the priorities are askew.  What he is actually saying is "let's make as much as we can before people leave...then we'll shaft everyone afterwards".  More knee jerk reactionary measures decided by people with inadequate qualifications, knowledge and smarts to make those decisions.

Christy Sweet | 15 April 2021 - 15:24:17

Vaccinated people can still transmit the virus, especially those under the 52% effective Sinovac,  which is why mask wearing  should still be mandated, and 2 week quarantines in effect.  

Christy Sweet | 15 April 2021 - 15:15:35

More pretzel logic, prior measures kept fatalities low, but low fatalities means measure were not needed. 

Kurt | 15 April 2021 - 12:59:19

Who puts his money on thai published 97 fatalities? I don't. Anyway the by Government pumped/pushed Songkran travel balloon did Covid-19 wise silently emptied herself. And that is not because of just 97 fatalities only! Think.

CaptainJack69 | 15 April 2021 - 12:36:17

Forcing malls to close early will increase crowding, not reduce it. All the other measures they are 'suggesting' are what should be happening anyway. Have people not been avoiding crowds until now? No lockdown would now need to be considered if sensible measures had been taken and adhered to, like, maybe, no gigantic parties?!

maverick | 15 April 2021 - 12:13:06

Fascinated@ profits ? Most businesses are just about staying afloat - further lockdowns will sink a few more only the wealthy will survive - maybe that’s the plan plenty of cheap assets in the hands of banks ready to be swept up.

agogohome | 15 April 2021 - 11:40:21

@ DeKaaskopp. It's because of the measures, Thailand has such low statistics. 

Nasa12 | 15 April 2021 - 11:34:00

Here it’s come, after government employees are finished whit a loooong holiday, so close down everything again. 

Fascinated | 15 April 2021 - 10:57:04

Too late now- should have been done 2 weeks ago. Profits outweighed safety again.

DeKaaskopp | 15 April 2021 - 10:46:55

All those exaggerated advises and measures because of 97 fatalities in more than one year. That's so crazy !


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