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The Thai Tourism Ministry hopes for Covid-19 to abate

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Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said yesterday that if the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus continues, it will be a “big issue” nationally not only in terms of public health but also the tremendous loss of tourism revenue. However if the outbreak can be contained by then end of next month, the ministry expects more than 36 million tourists to visit Thailand by the end of the year.

“In the case the outbreak is gone by April, the country can expect a maximum of 36.9 million foreign tourists to visit the country, generating 1.78 trillion baht.”

“The country earned 1.96 trillion baht brought by 39.8 million visitors last year, which means, more than 100 billion baht lost in revenue.”

“In February, Thailand took a sharp drop of foreign tourists to around 2 million from 3.8 million in the previous month.”

“As the disease spreads, tourist numbers have declined to just 550,000, or a 57% decrease, from March 1-11, according to Phiphat.

Phiphat remains optimistic about state measures against the spread of the disease, including the cancellation of visa exemptions and visa-on-arrival (VOA).

“That’s the correct direction,” he says, believing this will help authorities screen out tourists with symptoms.

Meanwhile, Thai Hotels Association president Supawan Tanomkieatipume says tourists have almost disappeared from hotels, with many at only 10% occupancy.

“If the Covid-19 outbreak remains relentless, “many hotels will be forced to shut down.”

The decrease by just 0.1% of employers and workers’ contributions to the Social Security Fund of their salaries for three months is “too little,” she commented, suggesting that the government waive this expense for half a year.

In related news, the Public Health Ministry’s academic committee is considering removing China from the list of countries deprived of VOA privileges due to the decreasing number of new patients there, according to Sukhum Kanchanapimai, permanent secretary for public health.

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Phuket rooftop party busted, drugs seized

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Police arrested 9 foreigners and 5 Thai women for partying in Patong in violation of orders against gathering in crowds, to control the spread of coronavirus disease. They were arrested on the rooftop of a rental house on Sirirat Road in tambon Patong of Kathu district last night after police received a complaint about a loud party. Those arrested included Australians, British, Americans, Ukrainians and Thais.

The arrested foreigners comprised 6 men and 3 women includes…

  • 1 Australian male Al-Mouzafar Mohamad age 22.
  • 3 British men Britons Oliver Hoskins aged 23, Alan Jones age 22, and Stuart McDonough age 29.
  • 1 American male Russell Robertson age 32.
  • 3 Ukrainian women Zakharov Andrii age 27, Petriv Tetiana age 22, Chala Anasiia age 22.
  • 1 Ukrainian male Semko Iana age 31.

The five Thai women…

  • Nida Usen age 31 from Satun province.
  • Boonchanok Roongruang age 36 from Trang.
  • Supika Kitdee age 28 from Chon Buri.
  • Narumon Thuadaoage 23 from Nakhon Si Thammarat.
  • Wararin Jaidee ahe 33 from Satun.
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Police officers discovered around 4 kilograms of cannabis and 0.94 gram of cocaine in their possession, and also seized several bottles of liquor and loudspeakers. They were initially charged with violating both the emergency decree and the Phuket governor’s order banning crowd gatherings in Patong.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Chiang Rai puts strict conditions on people entering the province

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As of yesterday, the Governor of Chiang Rai Prajon Pratyakul issued an order that ‘everyone entering Chiang Rai province will have to wear a face mask and undergo screening at checkpoints’.

“This order will apply to all visitors whether, on foot, private vehicles or public transport, those who cannot provide evidence of being a local resident or having a workplace in Chiang Rai will be denied entry, as well as those who do not wear a facemask or refuses to undergo the screening process.”

For the people who are allowed entry, they must provide their name, address and telephone number to checkpoint officials and strictly follow the guidelines as suggested by the Ministry of Public Health, including maintaining the distance of at least one metre between anyone and regularly wash their hands.

Vehicles that are carrying supplies and products for selling or manufacturing in the province are allowed to enter the province but they have to undergo the screening procedure as well.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Phuket reports 12 new coronavirus cases, all from Patong

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The southern island province of Phuket confirmed 12 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus today (Thursday), bringing the total on the island to 87. All appear to have originated in the island’s Patong area, most from the Bangla Road red light district.

The town of Patong was placed on unofficial curfew yesterday as its governor issued a public decree urging residents to stay in their home at all costs, and promising delivery of necessities to those in need to keep them from venturing out.

The details of the new cases are…

Case 76: A 28 year old Thai woman, a restaurant owner in Patong. she has a history of contact with foreigners and visiting Bangla Road. She fell sick on March 20, 1 contact is considered at risk and is being sought by authorities.

Case 77: A Swedish woman, aged 52, a tourist who came to Thailand with her husband on March 13. She has history of visiting Bangla road, although she stayed a hotel in Karon. She became sick on March 21, 2 contacts are at high risk.

Case 78: A 26 year old Thai woman, a waitress in Patong who had close contact with foreigners and visited Bangla Road. She got sick on March 21, 2 contacts are at high risk.

Case 79: A 37 Russian woman, a tourist in Patong for more than a month. She has an alleged history of partying in Bangla Road and had contact with case 49, a Ukranian man. She became sick on March 20 and 1 other person is at high risk.

Case 80: A 30 year old woman from Kazakhstan, also a tourist in Patong for more than a month, who also had contact with case 49. 1 person is considered at high risk.

Case 81: A 48 year old Thai woman, masseuse in Patong at the same massage shop as cases 32 and 62. She fell sick on March 22 and 6 people are believed to be at high risk

Case 82: A 39 year old Thai man, a worker in a phone shop in a Patong mall. He has a history of close contact with foreigners and visited Bangla Road. He got sick on March 22, 7 people are at high risk.

Case 83: A 37 year old Thai woman, worked in the same Italian restaurant, as cases 59 and 60. High risk contacts total 15

Case 84: A 36 year old Thai man, a chef in Italian restaurant, who became sick on March 30. 12 people are at high risk.

Case 85: A 51 year old Thai woman, a waitress in same restaurant. She fell sick March 25, 13 people are thought to be at high risk.

Case 86: A 30 year old Thai man, a chef in same Italian restaurant, who got sick on Tuesday. Contacts at high risk number 13 people.

Case 87: A 32 year old Thai woman, a tour guide who had contact with a group of friends in Bangla Road. She got sick on sick on March 24, 5 people are at high risk.

Phuket has effectively sealed its borders by land and sea, and will close its airport on April 10 to all flights.

 

SOURCE: Ministry of Public Health

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