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Srisoonthorn residents rally against quarantine zone

Srisoonthorn residents rally against quarantine zone

PHUKET: More than 100 local residents gathered at the Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation College in Srisoonthorn yesterday (Mar 9) to rally against a COVID-19 quarantine zone being set up there.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 10 March 2020, 05:13PM


The rally followed Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana last Friday (Mar 6) announcing the college was one of four areas had been designated as quarantine zones where arrivals from South Korea were to remain for 14 days before being allowed to roam the island. (See story here.)

Srisoonthorn Mayor Worawut Songyot yesterday said that local residents in principle did not object to the college itself being designated as a quarantine zone.

What did concern them was that the college building is located in a government compound where four other government offices are located.

The compound itself is a focal point for community activities, especially after work hours, he said.

“Local people are worried about it because the location will have risk people in the area and it would not be safe enough with a quarantine zone established there.

“The safest option is for the quarantine zone to be some other place, not here,” Mayor Worawut said.

Phuket Governor Phakaphong arrived in person soon after news of the rally had spread.

Governor Phakaphong explained to the residents gathered at the site, “I am following the announcement in the Government Gazette that came into effect on Mar 6 after the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee held an urgent meeting regarding people arriving from the Republic of Korea.

“To support the situation, measures have been issued for surveillance, prevention, observation of groups traveling from Korea in line with Section 34 of the Communicable Disease Control Act 2015 to protect the safety of Phuket people,” he said.

Governor Phakaphong offered no immediate concrete solution to the residents’ concerns, but said he understood their predicament.

“People are worried that this place is not safe. I will raise this issue with the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee,” he said.

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Jor12 | 12 March 2020 - 16:12:36

Who on earth is talking about a secret  location? Like I said. read the article

Rorri_2 | 12 March 2020 - 12:27:29

Government gazettes are not secretive, so why hasn't PN simply requested a copy, of the relevant section.

Kurt | 12 March 2020 - 09:18:33

J12, the announcement in the Government Gazette is not about keeping a quarantine location secret. All quarantine facilities in Thailand are openly published, right the way it suppose to be in a democratic country.. 

Jor12 | 11 March 2020 - 23:15:51

k...read the article to find out what is happening, then you won't have to display your abject ignorance.

Jor12 | 11 March 2020 - 12:25:45

What?... the article states, "I am following the announcement in the Government Gazette."

Kurt | 11 March 2020 - 12:24:53

We wait for the Governor to guarantee that the  quarantine zone is sealed off of the rest of the compound where 4 other Gov offices are and community activities take place. Don't let it there become a Coronavirus breeding location. A bit more thinking needs to be done now first. A situation that make a Governor has to govern, not play 'mail box'.

goldwing | 11 March 2020 - 05:20:17

yet another screw up by this bungling idiot

 

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