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“Koh Samui is still safe”, Covid-19 measures in place – Health Minister

Caitlin Ashworth

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Koh Samui is safe to visit … apparently. Even though a woman on the island recently tested positive for Covid-19, the world’s favourite public health minister is assuring the Koh Samui public that health measures on the island are effective and it’s still a safe destination for tourists, presumably the few Thai tourists willing to pay extortionate airfares demanded by Bangkok Airways.

The 57 year old Thai/French woman tested positive for the coronavirus 5 days after she was released from a Samut Prakan quarantine accommodation where she spent the mandatory 2 weeks in isolation after entering the country. She complained of a fever a few days before going to a hospital on the island. Although she didn’t feel well, she went shopping at a Big C and 7-Eleven.

Health officials investigating the case say they found traces of the virus on gym equipment the woman used at the quarantine accommodation, leading them to suspect she came in contact with the virus before arriving to Koh Samui.

In response to the case, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul travelled the island to deliver 1,000 tablets of the antiviral drug Favipiravir to local hospitals. The drug has been approved in Thailand to treat Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms.

Anutin is urging the public not to worry, saying the island is safe and people can visit as usual. He says there are stringent health measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Although Koh Samui reported a rare case of the virus detected outside of quarantine, Anutin says he’s more concerned with the risk of transmission at Bangkok’s ongoing protests. He says he’s instructed the Department of Medical Services to set up medical tents at protest sites that will provide face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand| Facebook: NNB

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    Jason

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    I can’t leave my country to visit you anyway. Maybe it’s time for the TAT to realise that no one is coming to Pattaya, Phuket or anywhere else in Thailand. No one wants to spend 14 days quarantine in an ASQ hotel and then spend 14 days in quarantine in their home country. Of course i could holiday in the Seychelles….only 4 active cases…visa on arrival and no quarantine!!

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    The Seychelles, the Maldives … the world’s your oyster so why not?

    Just be careful before you put your money down, as the lists of permitted countries change on a weekly basis.

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      EdwardV

      Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      Some yes, others have been pretty stable for awhile now. Regardless let’s not forget places like Tahiti/Bora Bora, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Croatia, Hawaii … the list keeps going. Fear is a powerful deterrent.

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    Jilted John

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    It will be interesting to see how the Thai Govt and media react if one of the student protesters catches Covid.

    I imagine they’d both be snookered…

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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