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Sandbox tourists not scared off, says Phuket official

Sandbox tourists not scared off, says Phuket official

PHUKET: Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong has refuted claims that almost a third of tourists who entered the island under the Sandbox scheme decided to return home due to escalating COVID-19 figures.

By The Phuket News

Monday 26 July 2021, 01:24PM

Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong. Photo: PR dept

Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong. Photo: PR dept

V/Gov Piyapong explained yesterday (July 25) that he saw a news headline from the BTimes website stating 3,000 Sandbox tourists had decided to go home due to a combination of newly infected cases rising and stricter land border entry conditions implemented to contain the virus.

“Between the opening of the Sandbox scheme on July 1st through to yesterday (July 22), a total of 10,849 people have arrived,” V/Gov Piyapong said.

“Approximately 3,000 have returned to their home countries as they had completed their holidays before or at the 14 day mark.

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“I want to clarify that these tourists left Phuket as per their original plans and not because of the higher number of infected cases.”

V/Gov Piyapong added that of the total 10,849 arrivals since the Sandbox launched, 4,692 remain on the island, of which 4,568 have already completed their 14 day mandatory stay, meaning 3,157 have left the island to destinations elsewhere in the country. Of the 4,692 still remaining, some will stay here, some will head elsewhere in Thailand and some will head back to their home countries, he said.

V/Gov Piyapong confirmed that two more arrivals into Phuket tested positive yesterday, bringing the total number of infected sandbox arrivals to 25.

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CAPTCHA | 06 September 2021 - 01:18:21

Who cares

Kamala Pete | 27 July 2021 - 11:12:14

How to contain a pandemic?  Fly people to a small island from all over the world, let them mix and mingle and then fly off to wherever they want to go. NOT EXACTLY BRILLIANT!

JohnC | 27 July 2021 - 08:22:31

He doesn't tell the truth about anything. He only ever says what he thinks stupid people will believe.

maverick | 27 July 2021 - 06:50:49

Fascinated@you have evidence to support your claims - I personally know 6 tourists who travelled from Dubai for 10 days before returning home after enjoying some diving and a nice break from oppressive heat in Dubai 

Madeinswiss | 27 July 2021 - 02:43:50

Sure they were scared to get the covid in Phuket and then placing in expensive quarantaine hotel. 

Kurt | 27 July 2021 - 00:07:07

Feel free to believe that a third of the 'tourists' mentioned in figures never arrived at Phuket. Why hard headed continue that idiot Sandbox thing as Covid-19 figures are escalating and same time V/G or another Official says tourists are not scared. What a bunch of contradicting fantasts. 3000 'tourist' left back home just after 14 days quarantine?  Is that what they came for? LOL...

Fascinated | 26 July 2021 - 19:04:08

Of course he's going to refute the claims. Denial is not just a river in Africa. 'They left as they had completed their holidays before or at the 14 day mark'. I would suggest that these were NOT tourists. Disambigation to prove the sandbox has not been a 'success'.

Dick | 26 July 2021 - 17:21:23

Tourist are not scared off because they are all fully vaccinated.  Are we?

Nasa12 | 26 July 2021 - 16:39:01

Well 21 July the Scandinavian give travel restrictions to Thailand. Look at the website to like Sweden’s Ambasssad in Bangkok. 


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