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Vigilance key to recovery, says new Phuket Governor

Vigilance key to recovery, says new Phuket Governor

PHUKET: On his first day as Governor of Phuket, Narong Woonchiew called on all people on the island, but especially business operators, to be vigilant against the spread of COVID-19 so the island can recover as quickly as possible from the economic impact of the restrictions introduced to contain the disease.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 20 June 2020, 05:12PM

Governor Narong made his plea yesterday (Jun 19) at the Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO), where he was briefed on the COVID-19 situation on the island and told that there had not been a confirmed case on Phuket for 26 days, said a report by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).

Today, the Phuket Communicable Disease Committee extended that to 27 days.

Governor Narong yesterday thanked Phuket’s health officials for the work they have done to counter the spread of COVID-19, and said that he appreciated their efforts.

“That includes every village health volunteer,” he said.

However, Governor Narong still called on all people to do their part to keep the island COVID-free.

“The situation still cannot be trusted. I would like to ask for cooperation from people to take care and protect yourselves [from infection] and cooperate with government agencies. Business operators, service locations and service recipients must follow disease control measures under the regulations of the Ministry of Public Health,” he said.

Governor Narong also received a policy proposal from the PPHO to set up a working group with a deputy governor as the head.

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The working group, to meet every Tuesday, to discuss issues and come up with solutions to problems with the top priority of improving people’s quality of life under  COVID-19.

Of note, the PPHO today called on people to take part in an online survey asking people if they are willing to travel considering the current situation in the country with COVID-19, and considering the prospect of a “second wave” of the disease.

The survey will remain open through to next Thursday (June 25). The PPHO noted that apparently this is the sixth time the survey has been run. The Phuket News has been unable to identify the previous five times it has been announced.

To take part in the survey, which is in Thai language only, click here.


“Don’t forget to share when you are done. Tell friends and family to help our country fight through the Covid-19 crisis together,” the PPHO urged.

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Kurt | 22 June 2020 - 14:48:35

With a warm 'Welcome' to Governor Narong, let's hope he makes himself strong for a 100% Thai population registration on Phuket. After that inadequate water supply, inefficient incinerators capacity and limited Government hospital services/standards can be upgraded on Phuket. Continuing in believe 'officially' only about 370,000 Thai live on Phuket not contribute in Health Contr...

ThorFinger | 21 June 2020 - 21:22:30

rusure I do comply. I have since it was deemed extraordinary law. My question is why? And if any person is now immune and cannot transmit, why must they wear a mask? And please nobody prolong the fear of, 'but there may be new strains'. There's always new virus'. We must find a better way of handling a new one other than hiding from it, as we are going to be living with them from n...

LALALA | 21 June 2020 - 17:47:36

r us sure....'just be a man and comply'....LOL. Since what time following rules makes someone a man ? Are you really that obedient ?

r u sure | 21 June 2020 - 12:19:53

FYI Thorfinger in case you never read it 'The Phuket News notes that the provincial order issued by Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana for all people in Phuket to wear face masks at all times while in public areas remains in effect.

The fine for not wearing a face mask in public ranges up to B20,000."  So, just be a man and comply!

Steve wooly | 21 June 2020 - 09:24:39

well I rode into Phuket yesterday from Trang and there was nobody at the checkpoint, all vehicles were driving straight through, definitely no vigilance there

ThorFinger | 20 June 2020 - 22:53:59

somebody please tell him the business operators have no customers! None! The virus has now been dead for at least 2-3 weeks in Phuket but still people must wear masks and have temperature read. Why?? The virus is dead. Common sense.  Also, if I have antibody tests and find I am immune and cannot transmit, can I go without a mask?


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