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SuperCheap ordered closed over COVID infections

SuperCheap ordered closed over COVID infections

PHUKET: The main SuperCheap shopping complex in Rassada, north of Phuket Town, has been ordered closed for seven days as a measure to prevent COVID-19 infections from spreading after at least 23 staff there were confirmed infected.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 11 September 2021, 05:33PM

The main SuperCheap store and shopping complex north of Phuket Town has been ordered closed for seven days. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The main SuperCheap store and shopping complex north of Phuket Town has been ordered closed for seven days. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew announced the closure today (Sept 11), which he pointed out was agreed by the Phuket Communicable Disease Control Committee.

The order is in effect from Sept 12-18.*

Governor Narong today explained that he dispatched a team of officers from the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) and from the Muang District Office to the main SuperCheap complex yesterday (Sept 10).

It was reported back to him that 111 staff were tested.

“Among the staff, 20 staff working in the warehouse section and three sales staff tested positive,” Governor Narong said. 

Governor Narong gave no explanation as to why he dispatched officers to investigate the site for COVID-19, despite PPHO Chief Kusak Kukiattikoon explaining to Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow at a meeting held in the same conference chamber at Phuket Provincial Hall just yesterday that a cluster of infections had been identified at a large shopping mall.

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Dr Kusak revealed no other details about the new cluster, just as Governor Narong today avoided confirming when officials learned about the new infections at the SuperCheap main store.

Of note, while reporting that 111 workers at the complex were reported as tested, it was not confirmed how many people actually work at the usually busy shopping complex, which also features many individual vendors operating small stores at the shopping complex.

Asked why the closure was for only seven days, Governor Narong replied, “For people who may be concerned about why we ordered to close [the SuperCheap scomplex] for only seven days, we have learned from the Bansan market [Phuket Town Fresh Market 1] that we close it for seven days and then test people in the area. If the situation in the area meets our criteria, then they can reopen.”

“An officer at the meeting reminded us to think about effect of the closure on our people, we have thoroughly and carefully considered and agreed to close the store,” he said.

Asked what about the small branches across the island, Governor Narong would only answer, “We will discuss about that later.”

UPDATE: The closure was originally announced by officials yesterday afternoon as from Sept 11-17, but by 8pm last night officials posted the actual order which confirmed it was from Sept 12-18.

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harald | 14 September 2021 - 10:05:16

almost all of them since weeks vaccinated and always with mask :-D | 13 September 2021 - 23:36:25

Yes poverty and living conditions are important.
You cannot lockdown a slum ?

Kamala Pete | 13 September 2021 - 11:00:08

lelecuneo, you seem to be fixated on alcohol, regardless of the subject being discussed.

Kurt | 13 September 2021 - 07:40:55

Christy Sweet, no need to wonder, the living conditions of most Migrant workers is miserable. Don't expect any improvement. Thai employers don't have any 'social feeling' to do so, and it's absent on their list of merit doing for their own 'soul'.

Christy Sweet | 12 September 2021 - 12:35:51

One wonders what sort of conditions the migrant workers live in and might it be improved?   

agogohome | 12 September 2021 - 11:51:49

If the store has to meet 'criteria', before being allowed to re-open, then they might just as well close it down permanently - along with every other business on the island that has managed to stay in business over the past 18 months. The virus is here to stay, ffs! 

Kurt | 12 September 2021 - 09:41:08

Well, nothing is 'regimental' in operation modus in places like SuperCheap. Sure not all people, who work there on/off, are tested. Very different from how tourists are regimental treated. And why a:'We discus about the small branches later' ? Why not done during same meeting? Covid-19 doesn't wait for 'later'. This Governor is very funny, actually deep sad such thinkin...

lelecuneo | 12 September 2021 - 08:53:55

probably they were all drinking alcohol...that why they have | 12 September 2021 - 00:46:09

Supercheap is not perfect for sure,but neither are some of the 7-11s


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