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Covid Update Saturday: 36 deaths and 2,817 infections

Tim Newton



For Saturday the Public Health department has announced 36 new Covid-related deaths and 2,817 infections. 315 of those cases are from prisons. The daily totals have been statistically consistent for over a month now. Bangkok is still the key ‘hot spot’ with clusters around shopping areas, high density housing communities and worker camps.

• Alternative state quarantine hotels are aiming to transform into hybrid facilities during Q3 and Q4, 2021, as the reopening plan under “Phuket sandbox” model starts to affect bookings.

ASQ-ALQ Club Thailand President Prin Pathanatham says demand at ASQ hotels has been decreasing since May, after Phuket and other provinces required a negative Covid-19 test result from unvaccinated visitors.

The average occupancy for ASQ hotels in May dropped to 30-35% from 45-50% in April, according to the NBT.

• Yesterday’s meeting of the Centre for Economic Situation Administration approved the “Phuket Sandbox” to open its doors to international travellers, as proposed by the TAT. Key change is that travellers must stay on the island for 14 days before being able to travel elsewhere in Thailand. Read more about the new rules HERE.

Foreign travellers who have been fully vaccinated for more than 14 days but no more than a year from low-to-medium-risk countries will be allowed to enter the tourism island without the need to be quarantined.

Children under the age of 6, traveling with vaccinated parents, are allowed to enter, while children aged 6 to 18 are subject to Covid tests when they arrive at Phuket Airport. Visitors must have documentation proving their immunisation from their home country, and the vaccine must be registered under Thai law or certified by the World Health Organisation.

In addition, “CESA also approved the proposal to attract foreign investments from the groups of wealthy global citizens, wealthy pensioners, those who want to work-from-Thailand, and high-skilled professionals”, (whatever that means!).

The meeting concluded with Deputy PM and Energy Minister Supattanapong Panmechao being assigned to discuss the program’s details.



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    Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10:57 am

    ‘groups of wealthy global citizens, wealthy pensioners, those who want to work-from-Thailand, and high-skilled professionals”, (whatever that means!).’

    Isnt it obvious? Really, your standards are dropping like a rock.

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    Simon Small

    Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    “Visitors must have documentation proving their immunisation from their home country …”

    The most obvious problem.

    UK immigration / border agency have found ONLY FROM SPELLING MISTAKES that 10% of the documentation they’re shown is forged. In Canada, on some flights ALL the documentation was forged.

    As yet, there is no way or system to verify ANY of the documentation.

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    Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    @Simon Small. Unusual I know, but I agree with you on this point! One way to help overcome this is if they continue (I think they will) with the need to acquire a Certificate of Entry (CoE) from the local Thai embassy. The embassies in each country should then quickly be able to ascertain if the document or indeed internet link is genuine. It’s not fool proof, but better than arbitrary checks at immigration from many different sources. There is still a number of significant questions to be answered with this scheme and the embassies need to issue the process as they did for returning previously. Hopefully that will arrive in the next few days??????

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    James R

    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 12:35 am

    @Simon Small –

    Simple, just use the NHS smart phone app which has details of all the vaccinations a person has had, it also generates a unique electronic code which can be shown to prove the inoculations are genuine.

    Electronic form, not paper form.

    By July most UK people will have had their vaccinations so there is no need to try to cheat in most cases.

    Plus why would any sane person want to go to an unvaccinated place like Thailand at the moment if they have not had a vaccine?

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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