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Anyone who has recently visited the new Covid-19 epicentre of Samut Sakhon and who arrives in Chiang Mai should prepare to be checked, according to health authorities. The efforts are underway to stop the virus from spreading and anyone who is suspected of being infected with Covid-19 or who has visited the central shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, must use the CM-Chana tracing application to check in upon arriving.

Dr. Kittipan Chalom, the Chiang Mai public health office chief’s assistant also adds that arrivals need to report to public health officers, undergo the RT-PCR covid test and enter a designated 14 day quarantine facility.

Kittipan says, however, it’s not just those who visited the shrimp market, as those arriving from other parts of Samut Sakhon also must check in on the CM-Chana app, but are not yet being required to submit to Covid testing.

For those arriving to Chiang Mai from other provinces, they must still check in on the app and monitor their health.

Despite the new precautions that were recently announced, Kittipan says visitors are still welcome for the New Year holiday and argues that Chiang Mai is free from Covid. But that hasn’t stopped people from rearranging or cancelling their travel plans as tourism businesses in Petchabun and Nakhon Ratchasima are experiencing a downturn after the virus scare.

Meanwhile, tourism businesses have taken a battering from the virus scare in Phetchabun and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Such popular resorts as the Phu Thap Boek, amongst others, are seeing cancellations after a woman tested positive for the virus after spending time at one of the resorts in the mountain-top area, which has drawn criticism by local communities.

Nakhon Ratchasima is seeing a 50% drop in resort and hotel bookings as well, with unfortunately no end in sight. Pongthep Malachasing, the president of the Wang Nam Khieo Tourism Promotion Association, a district in the province, says he feels sorry for such resort owners and estimates such cancellations being worth at least 200 million baht.

“Just when they thought they could shore up some of the lost revenue during the high tourism season, they found themselves encountering an unexpected crisis.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Maag

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Should close Thailand….we dont want to die from a farang virus !

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      Robert Bunker

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      How do you want to die Maag? Drink driving? Shooting? Nothing is so dangerous as ignorance and stupidity and I think you may be a ‘super spreader.

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        Craig

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 3:01 pm

        Yes, agreed.

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        Ipaddressfunnycolors

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 3:02 pm

        I think he’s trolling.

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      James R

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 1:05 am

      Maag

      I assume you are referring to the member of the government who earlier this year blamed the spread of the virus on ‘Dirty Farangs’, it happened while I was in Phuket for seven months.

      We will have to tell him the two vaccines we dirty farangs have developed so far are too dirty for Thai people to use and so we will sell them to someone else.

      I think all the money has been spent on submarines anyway and they are now broke.

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    OnlineSLM

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Farang Virus? I am a Farang. I have lived in Thailand for years. I have not left in two years. Am I at fault? Branding this as a farang virus would dictate that there have been no locally transmitted cases due to traveling Thais – is that correct? Be careful with your choice in words. More people die due to horrific Thai driving than have died in Thailand due to the pandemic.

    Just my two cents…

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    Ian

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Can somebody tell rick it started with his best friends the chinese the dirty western farangs will once again come to the rescue and save the world

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    Ian

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Maag the dirty farang are gonna save you the West are on thier way maybe you might be a casualty by then i hope

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The northern city of Chiang Mai has confirmed 4 new cases of coronavirus, all of which are linked to the Warm Up café in the Muang district. The province of Chiang Mai now has 11 active cases and has recorded 57 cases in total, according to deputy governor, Weerapan Dee-on.

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