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Thailand is hoping to open its doors to the world by October this year, according to an assistant spokesperson at the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. But there are still several hoops to jump through, with the spokesperson treading carefully with her words.

Apisamai Srirangsan made the announcement but said the revelation was just a goal and “not a set decision or promise.” She says the shift to reopening would hopefully start in April, seeing reduced quarantine times and more “freedom of quarantine.” The pending changes would be part of the Phase 2 rollouts, with Phase 3 being marked by completely reopening the country.

Apisamai says such a decision would be announced well in advance, taking the tourist industry into consideration as they would need time to prepare. Despite the quarantine possibly being eradicated, she says is isn’t clear if the reopening would only be for those vaccinated tourists.

She went on to say that the reopening was also dependent upon other countries’ Covid situations, as well as the vaccine situation and the status of safety measures by airlines. A reopening could also exclude certain countries if they still have a high rate of Covid infections. Earlier this week, the CCSA noted that Africa would not be included in the reduced quarantine program as the continent has seen multiple variants of the virus pop up.

Apisamai says even if the country isn’t fully reopened by October, it could still see a wider opening, just in time for Thailand’s high season. The decision will be mulled over during several meetings next Monday, March 15 with the CCSA. Next Tuesday and Friday, meetings will also be held with the Thai Cabinet.

Recently, the CCSA has indicated that Thailand has successfully controlled the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, as daily new infections have dropped to the double-digits.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Jason

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    I think the Thai Government needs to start making pronouncements. Not the CCSA. Not TAT (neither of whom seem to have any sense of direction or authority in policy making). But rather the Thai Government. Not rumours or conjecture but a plan to reopen. A plan that will give a sense of certainty to it’s own tourism industry, to international tourists, to hoteliers and it’s own citizens. Now that vaccines are available and in growing number and from a variety of suppliers, the Thai Government needs to formulate a roadmap out of the pandemic to a new normal.

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    Tony

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Get rid of Anutin

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I think chances are pretty good for an October reopening. At a minimum for vaccinated tourists willing to stay in the five tourist areas (the ones being prioritized for vaccinations). Hopefully its wider than that, but at this point beggars can’t be choosers. It will be interesting to see how they patchwork this out with the various countries and their vastly different vaccination and infection rates. October works just fine with me.

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    Jeff Vassallo

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:47 am

    The best way forward is simple. In conjunction with its ailing airline, routes into thailand
    must be direct route with no stopovers from each country marked as a minimal risk. eg; N.Z
    Australia etc.
    I think a 7 day quarantine is ok as, it is not known if a vaccinated person can still transmit the virus. A test at departure and arrival would also reduce the possibilities of transmission.
    Thirdly, the quarantine hotels must be designated for tourists from each Country, not a cesspool
    of countries in the one hotel. One hotel – one country or two hotels – one country.

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    Tim

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3:08 am

    It’s just wishful thinking. Thai government thought about creating travel bubbles last year, which didn’t go ahead. I don’t think the vaccine is going to work. Because of virus variants, how long the vaccine will work, effectiveness etc. Either you open for economic reasons, or close borders to protect your own people. That’s the dilemma.

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    Nipral

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:47 am

    get rid of all of them !

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    Maverick

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Baby steps – after the number of about turns performed by Western Governments one can fully understand the caution , an aspirational goal of Oct 1 when high season supposedly kicks off is reasonable. Allows at least for plans around Christmas and NY with minimal risk if Oct date slips slightly. Tourism is only part of it, families which to plan especially those who have been separated

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    Dreqo

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Perhaps Oct of 23.

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    James McLoughlin

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Reducing the quarantine from 14 days to 7 will do almost nothing to increase tourism. Perhaps a few long-term ex-pats looking to return would put wuth it but very few others are going to endure that deep a cut into their vacation time. I think proof of vaccination, a current Covid test and a maximum of three days in quarantine is enough. I would go back in May if they do that.

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17 medical staff isolated due to dishonest Covid-19 patient

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PHOTO: Samut Prakan Hospital is busy with Covid-19 and now short-staffed.

The already-strained Samut Prakan provincial hospital isolated 17 medical staff members today after a patient was dishonest about interaction with a Covid-19 infected patient. The patient was not forthcoming with details about coming in contact with a person that had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus. As a result, the hospital announced the mandatory quarantine of 17 medical staff members who had come in close proximity with the patient. In total, 2 doctors, 6 medics, and 9 nurses had to be relegated to self-isolation and removed from the hospitals already thinly spread staff roster.

In a Facebook post just 2 days ago, the hospital announced a sweeping reduction in services to handle the increase in Covid-19 infections. They announced they will no longer take customers from outside of the Samut Prakan province, nor are they doing any surgical procedures that are not urgent. They are advising only the sickest patients come to the hospital in person, offering a mail service with the post office to send medications and fill prescriptions.

Losing 17 medical staff members – doctors, nurses and medics – at such a crucial time will put a heavy strain on the hospital, especially if Covid-19 infections continue to spread. Samut Prakan province reported 27 local Covid-19 infections plus 13 more who transferred to Samut from other provinces, for a total of 40 new Coronavirus cases today alone.

The hospital reminded everyone that failure to disclose information about your Covid-19 infection or contact with any infected people or high-risk location can be prosecuted. Violators may be punished by up to 20,000 baht in fines and possible further legal action. The provincial hospital issued several requests for truthfulness on their Facebook page, stressing that dishonesty harms your own medical care, along with the much-needed medical staff, and only helps proliferate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic’s third wave in Thailand.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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BREAKING: Covid Provincial restriction update – latest from the CCSA

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The CCSA has announced its updated restrictions for the 18 ‘red zone’ provinces this afternoon. The new measures start on Sunday, April 18, and will be in place for at least 2 weeks. The restrictions are basically as we published earlier today. There are no ‘lockdowns’ or curfews despite a popular blogger jumping the gun and posting that there were curfews announced.

There’s also no specific travel restrictions imposed although the PM ‘discouraged’ travel to Red Zone provinces. Provincial governors are still able to add their own local restrictions if they deem necessary.

Here are the key points as announced by the CCSA late this afternoon…

Across all provinces…

• Closures of schools, all nightlife venues, pubs and clubs, karaoke bars and massage parlours

(except for international schools running exams)

• No events can have more than 50 people

Provincial red zones (listed below)…

• Dining-in allowed until 9pm (but can do takeaway until 11pm)

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres and fitness centres to be closed by 9pm

(Sporting fields, exercise places, gyms and fitness clubs must close at 9pm)

• Convenience stores, markets, supermarkets must be closed by 11pm

Everywhere else…

• Dining-in allowed until 11pm

• Serving of alcohol banned

• Shopping centres to be closed by 9pm

Additionally, people are being discouraged from traveling to “Red Zone” provinces. Businesses are also being ‘asked’ to allow staff to work from home or introduce other measures to minimise risk of infection at the workplace.

The Red Zone provinces are, in no apparent order…

1. Bangkok
2. Chiang Mai
3. Chon Buri
4. Samut Prakan
5. Prachuap Khiri Kan
6. Samut Sakhon
7. Pathum Thani
8. Nakhon Pathom
9. Phuket
10. Nakhon Ratchasima
11. Nonthaburi
12. Songkhla
13. Tak
14. Udon Thani
15. Suphanburi
16. Sa Kaeo
17. Rayong
18. Khon Kaen

Earlier today Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul said that the government is “confident it can overcome the current Covid-19 crisis without needing to impose a nationwide lockdown”.

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Phuket begs Kolour attendees to come for Covid-19 testing

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FILE PHOTO: Kolour in the park was more pleasant in 2018 before Covid-19.

Health officials in Phuket put out a public statement this week compelling all foreigners who attended clubs and Kolour events to report for Covid-19 testing. As many might expect, the response has been lacklustre at best. Spreading the message around the foreigner and expat community in Phuket, the message is aimed at the multitudes of people, mostly foreign who attended Kolour and related events that turned into a Covid-19 superspreader event. Many foreigners have not come forward, much to health officials chagrin.

Online and on social media, foreigners and Thais shed light on why this urgent public health request is going largely unheeded. Foreigners fear the repercussions of coming forward, especially since Thailand is not allowing staying home or elsewhere in isolation if someone tests positive for Covid-19. Quarantine is mandatory, and with infection numbers exploding across the country, many fear the less-than-posh comforts of being quarantined in an emergency field hospital.

Cost is the other factor that likely is preventing foreigners from turning themselves in to be tested for Covid-19. While Phuket health officials may test people for free, anyone found infected with Covid-19 will be financially responsible for all the costs of their treatment and quarantine. Foreigners with limited financial resources, especially after a year of holing up in Thailand to ride out the Coronavirus, may resist reporting to authorities when they cannot afford the mandatory quarantine and medical treatment.

Perhaps recognizing this hesitation, the message includes a plea for all attendees to self-quarantine and self-monitor for any symptoms over the next week, even if they fail to report or test negative. The note also reminds everyone to wear masks in public at all times. The statement to the public also instructed anyone who attended any of the Covid-19 spreading nightlife events to report to the Acute Respiratory Infection Clinic area of Vachira General Hospital to receive a Covid-19 swab test.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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