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Phuket’s cruise ship arrivals to be screened for coronavirus

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Over 4,000 tourists and ship crews arrive in Phuket today, on two separate cruise liners, one from Hong Kong and one out of Singapore. There has been a sudden surge of interest in arriving cruise ships after the cruise boat still anchored in Yokohama Bay with a cluster

The Seabourn Ovation arrived from Hong Kong just after 7am this morning with 919 on board – 487 tourists and 432 crew. The Quantum of the Seas arrived from Singapore at 10am with 3,149 passengers and crew. Both arrived at the Phuket Deep Sea Port in Cape Panwa.

Phuket’s Marine Office Director Wiwat Chitchertwong has also confirmed that at least 17 cruise ships will be coming to Phuket in coming months. Four cruise ships arrive in Phuket this week, according a report in Phuket News. Apart from the two arriving this morning…

• Celebrity Constellation arrives Friday at midday

• Star Clipper arrives on Saturday 5:30am.

The Phuket Public Health Office have confirmed they are screening passengers and crew and following up the coronavirus situation.

“Officers are still screening people for elevated body temperature at Phuket International Airport, bus terminals, piers around the island, and other places,” Dr Thanit said in The Phuket News.

The head of the PPHO also confirmed that the number of people suspected of being infected with the virus in Phuket “keeps decreasing”, but declined to mention how many people in Phuket were currently being observed or were in quarantine.

“There are no confirmed reports of people infected with the virus on board, as some people believe. It is a different cruise ship.”

The PPHO chief was speaking about media reports and the ‘panic’ about passengers on board another cruise ship that was being denied a port, although the MS Westerdam has now been given permission to dock in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, this morning (it arrived at 7am).

Fears of the novel coronavirus has prompted four different nations and the US territory of Guam to deny them entry despite no one on board being diagnosed with the illness that has caused global panic.

The fears appear to stem from confusion between this ship and its sister ship, he Diamond Princess, which has been quarantined in Yokohama, Japan with 174 cases of coronavirus. Referring to the arrival of MS Westerdam in Cambodia today…

“Guests will disembark in Sihanoukville over the next few days and transfer via charter flights to Phnom Penh for forward travel home.” Read more HERE.

The reference to the “infected” cruise liners mentioned at the media conference in Phuket yesterday, refers to the Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul ordering officials to not let any passengers or crew on the Westerdam cruise ship from Japan to disembark at the Laem Chabang port.

After being denied entry into Japan, Guam, the Philippines and Taiwan, unnerved vacationers on the Westerdam were initially relieved when the cruise ship’s captain announced on Monday that they’d finally be disembarking in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 13. But the ship was back in limbo after Thailand Public Health Minister Anutin Charnverakul shared on Facebook Monday afternoon that it would not be allowed to dock after all. Read more HERE.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Gyms, fitness centres to reopen tomorrow nationwide

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As tomorrow marks the beginning of Phase 3 of the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures, many catgories of businesses will be allowed to fully reopen, though health and social distancing restrictions will remain in place. Fitness centres, including in malls, are included in that list.

The reopening will include many new rules and regulations designed to stop the potential spread Covid-19. Nearly all gym equipment will be allowed for public use, not just free weights as in Phase 2, but will require disinfecting and sanitising after every use. Previously, some gyms had been allowed to open but permitted only free weight lifting and no other equipment. Gyms in malls were not allowed to reopen in the prior phase.

Masks will be required in gyms and fitness centres at all times.

Large group classes and group activities are still prohibited. Only limited slots in small group sessions and classes are permitted.

Temperature checks and signing in and out through the Thai Chana government tracing app is required. Hand sanitiser must be made available throughout the fitness centre.

Staff have been instructed to strictly limit the number of people entering gyms and fitness centres and to encourage social distancing and discourage socialising and chatting.

Patrons should also bring their own towels, in line with government regulations. Strict rules around lockers and showers will also be in place.

Not every fitness centre will be reopening tomorrow as the decision is made by individual venue management. Your neighbourhood gym may remain closed.

Gyms, fitness centres to reopen tomorrow nationwide | News by The Thaiger

Other categories of businesses being allowed to reopen include fresh markets, pet grooming and pet nurseries, sports stadiums and outdoor sports venues, and no doubt to the relief of many, massage shops. Health and social distancing measures will be in force in all newly reopened venues.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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13 return from South Korea with high fever, rushed to quarantine

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A Korean Airlines flight arrived at 9:25pm yesterday at Suvarnabhumi Airport bringing 194 Thais from South Korea. Screening officers found 13 of the passengers with high fever and immediately sent them to hospital. Most of the rest took a bus to a 14 day state quarantine area according to state measures, while 18 went to “alternative state quarantine” at a designated hotel.

Thailand reported just 1 new Covid-19 case yesterday, a 19 year old student who returned from Saudi Arabia and was in a state quarantine facility. 4 cases were reported today, bringing the national total to 3,068 since the beginning of the outbreak. Of those, 2,963 have recovered and gone home, making Thailand’s recover rate 96%. No deaths have been reported in several days and the toll has remains at 57.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thailand’s Covid-19 cases (May 31)

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Dr Panprapa Yongtrakul, weekend spokesperson of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, told this morning’s press briefing there were 4 new Covid-19 cases but no deaths over the previous 24 hour period. The total number of Covid-19 cases rose to 3,081 since the outbreak began: 2444 domestic cases and 637 returnees from abroad.

The 4 new cases were all diagnosed while in state quarantine…

• a 37 year old masseuse returned from the United Arab Emirates on May 24 and was found to be infected on May 29 after she experienced difficulty in breathing and other symptoms

• 2 of the new cases were asymptomatic male students aged 18 and 19 who returned from Turkey and were in state quarantine in Chon Buri province

• the fourth case is a 22 year-old asymptomatic male student who returned from Saudi Arabia on May 21 and was found infected on May 29 in state quarantine in Narathiwat province, bordering Malaysia.

Meanwhile, 2 people have fully recovered and returned home.

As of today the total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 3,081, with just 61 still under treatment. 2,963 have recovered and been discharged, leaving the recovery rate at 96%. There have been 57 deaths.

Globally, the total number has passed 6 million confirmed cases with around 370,000 deaths.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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