Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon confirmed the news yesterday (July 8).
Dr Kusak explained that the 12 tourists who have asked to fly home were among the 14 people who arrived on Emirates flight EK378, which landed in Phuket on Tuesday (July 6).
On the same flight was one man from the United Arab Emirates who tested positive for COVID-19 after landing at Phuket International Airport.
As is now standard procedure under the Phuket Sandbox model, once the man tested positive for COVID-19, he was taken into care at a local quarantine venue, while all people deemed to be high-risk contacts were taken to ALQ venues.
According to the terms of entering Thailand under the Phuket Sandbox policy, tourists are responsible for all costs related to any COVID measures.
As such, Dr Kusak yesterday confirmed that 12 tourists now in ALQ “have informed their intention to return to their countries”.
“At this stage about 20 people, including foreign arrivals under the Phuket Sandbox scheme, hotel staff and taxi drivers, have been been taken to quarantine venues and gone through the testing process,” Dr Kusak said.
“The 20 people tested negative in the first test, and we will test them again six days after this,” he added.
“Do not panic because our medical staff have tested at-risk people. Please trust our disease control measures and follow them,” he said.
According to the ‘Phuket Sandbox Daily Report’ for yesterday (July 8), issued earlier this morning, 125 more arrivals landed in Phuket yesterday on two flights: one operated by Singapore Airlines and the other by Etihad Airways.
All 125 tested negative for COVID-19, said the report.
The report also noted that a further 182 Phuket Sandbox arrivals had now tested negative following their second COVID test as past of the Sandbox conditions, bringing the total number of Sandbox arrivals passing their second COVID test to 475.
So far one Sandbox arrival has tested positive for COVID-19, the report noted.
In total, from July 1 to 8, 2,524 arrivals have entered Thailand under the Phuket sandbox scheme, said the report.
The report also marked that so far in total 143,025 room nights have been booked from July to September under the Sandbox scheme, as follows: 130,113 room nights in July; 11,623 in August; and 1,289 in September.
A further 1,094 room nights have been booked for Oct to Feb, the report added.
According to the PPHO daily report for yesterday (July 8), Phuket recorded seven new cases of infection.
The new infections brought the total number of COVID infections recorded on the island since Apr 3 to 766.
Of those, 714 had been discharged from hospital care, while 54 remained under medical care and supervision.
Since Apr 3 Phuket has suffered seven deaths attributed to COVID-19.
The PPHO’s updated map showing the locations of infections across the island since Apr 3 reported as follows:
- Wichit - 99 infections
- Patong - 80
- Phuket Town - 82
- Rassada - 72
- Kathu - 60
- Chalong - 53
- Rawai - 47
- Cherng Talay - 45
- Thepkrasattri - 38
- Srisoonthorn - 38
- Kamala - 33
- Karon - 30
- Koh Kaew - 27
- Mai Khao - 13
- Pa Khlok - 10
- Sakhu - 9