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No lockdown in Phuket, governor calls for more disease control measures

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There’s no lockdown in Phuket, the provincial governor says, but protective measures are in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. The province currently has 3 confirmed Covid-19 cases, classifying it as a “yellow zone,” a high surveillance area.

Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew says Phuket’s borders are still open to outside visitors, but all of them must be screened at checkpoints along the province’s border. While it’s not official, the governor has also asked travellers from high risk areas to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving on the island. He says those who have symptoms must see a doctor as soon as possible.

“Every person has to follow the ‘D-M-H-T-T’ measure: D- Social Distancing, M- Mask wearing, H-Hand washing, T-Temperature checking, and T- Thai Chana scanning… For those who did travel to the high risk areas, please quarantine yourselves for 14 days and see a doctor as soon as possible if having symptoms.”

Other Covid-19 protection measures have been implemented across the province. Walking street markets are now closed until January 20. Flea markets and fresh markets are still open, but must follow health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The provincial transport office is closed, providing online services only. Department stores can remain open, but should make sure they have hand sanitiser available for customers. Schools, gyms and fitness centres can also stay open, but the governor says they must abide by disease control measures.

The governor says the public should follow basic disease control practices like wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing, temperature checking, and scanning the Thai Chana QR code.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    Frank Leboeuf

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Love the “D-M-H-T-T” acronym. Let’s make it more mnemotechnic:

    Do Me a Hot Turn Too?

    Drive Me Higher To the Top?

    Dance My Hot Tall Tale?

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      Jayce

      Monday, January 4, 2021 at 4:02 pm

      Drink my Hennesey till totaled

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    preesy chepuce

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    D… I… S… C… O…?

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Don’t Make High-spending Tourists Take-off.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Hey this governor has the Red Cross Medal of Appreciation First Class, so if he states it is alright for visitors, he is qualified to do so.
    The Health minister Autin has no red cross medals – not one, but still the health minister.

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    Issan John

    Monday, January 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    “PLEASE quarantine”?

    The lessons from asking, not telling, can be seen in any mortuary in the West.

    … and what “screening”?????

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Close down Sarasin bridge and close the airport for 2 month would be the right approach. Access to Phuket is easy to control.

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      Frank Leboeuf

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:41 am

      Absolutely. It should have been done before the new year long weekend, when the outbreak was already spreading… Now we’ll have clusters in the next couple of weeks, and unavoidable restrictions

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Phuket’s tourism representatives are calling for an end to the mandatory quarantine levied at tourists arriving to the province from Bangkok. The tourism delegation have also told Phuket’s provincial government to be prepared to start receiving international tourists starting in October.

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