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Koh Phi Phi national park closing for 13 days to control Covid-19

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Thailand’s Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi national park is closing for 13 days from today because of the current Covid-19 situation  Park chief, Prayoon Pongphan, told The Phuket News that the decision was made as Krabi province is seeing a rise in infections.

“The number of infected cases in many areas, including Krabi, is increasing. From the disease investigation, it was found that this cluster is from an entertainment venue and a gathering of people in high-risk areas. To control the wide spreading of the virus, the park management has necessary reason to use measures to control the area under our responsibility.”

He says all tourist attractions and activities are suspended from today through to May 18, but officers of the park are still required to work as normal. He says people are still able come to the national park for official duties, but they must strictly adhere to disease control measures.

The park is the latest area to close due to Covid-19, as 72 national parks have already been shuttered since April 22. 83 are still open, but 25 are closing some attractions. Mu Koh Similan, Ao Phang Nga, and Mu Koh Surin national parks are among the ones already closed, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

“This may change without prior notice, so travellers are recommended to revisit the list regularly updated by the National Park Office via this link, or its Facebook page… National Parks of Thailand.”

Thailand, today, is reporting 2,112 new Covid-19 infections, according to the Thai health ministry. 15 people have also been reported as dying from Covid-related symptoms in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, The Tourism Authority of Thailand insists that the sandbox re-opening plans for 6 of Thailand’s most economically sensitive tourist magnets will start on July 1, 2021.

Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Koh Samui, Pattaya and Chiang Mai will, according to the TAT, be open to foreign tourists who have received 2 doses of Covid-19 vaccine (or 1 if that’s the vaccine dose of a registered vaccine in Thailand).

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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